March 24, 2014
The City of Charlottesville has removed a question from its general job application process asking whether an applicant has been convicted of a felony. It is believed that some ex-offenders feel discouraged from applying for positions when confronted with the question early in the process.
"This is another example of our commitment to being a city of second chances for ex-offenders who are searching for meaningful employment," said Mayor Satyendra Huja.
A prior felony conviction has not resulted in an automatic rejection of applicants in the past. However there are state laws that govern hiring practices for certain positions in local government such as Social Services and the Police Department. Those restrictions will remain in place.
The city will continue to conduct criminal history checks prior to making a final offer of employment.