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Beyond Ban the Box – Combating Black Underemployment and the Criminality Myth

| Jan 28, 2016 | Discrimination & Harassment |

Ban the Box legislation is an incredibly important tool in fighting black underemployment by removing employers’ ability to use criminal history as a proxy for discrimination. However, it only attacks a symptom of the problem of race discrimination in hiring: criminal history is not the only way that employers use “race-neutral” criteria a proxy to discriminate against black job seekers. A holistic approach that acknowledges the omnipresent role that the black criminality myth continues to play in employment discrimination – and daily life in general – is necessary. 

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