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What is "Ban the Box"?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed July 2019

Before the “Ban the Box” law, many job applications had a box you had to check if you had CORI. If you checked the box, many employers would reject you immediately. You would not get an interview or a chance to get hired.

The “Ban the Box” law gets rid of the box on the first application form. The law was passed to help people with CORI get jobs.

Now employers cannot ask you about your CORI when you fill outh the job application to apply for the job.

For more information about Ban the Box, read the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) fact sheet Criminal Offender Record Information Administrative Procedure Reforms.

If you know an employer who is breaking the Ban the Box law, call:

  • MCAD: (617) 994-6000, or
  • the Attorney General’s Office: (617) 963-2917


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