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March 29 2016

Attorney General Announces Settlements With Two Major National Retailers Over Ban The Box Violations

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with two major national retailers, Big Lots Stores and Marshalls, to "Ban the Box" on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores.
 
The settlement will ensure that both companies comply with the local Buffalo law that prohibits employers from inquiring into criminal history on initial employment applications. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the local ordinance, both companies have taken the additional step of removing such inquiries from applications to any store in New York State.
 
"Obtaining meaningful employment is often the most crucial step towards reducing the chances of recidivism among formerly incarcerated persons," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "That is why my office is committed to breaking down barriers that impede rehabilitation, especially those that prevent fair access to employment”.