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County votes to ban the box

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Roy Fields is a convicted felon. Before Wednesday his chances of getting a job with the county were slim because of a box on the application asking if he was a convicted felon.

He opened up to TV5 after the ban the box resolution was voted on.

"When you see it, being I'm a convicted felon, you know. Kind of like, well, should I sign it or, you know. Being honest sometimes, or in my experience, being honest has not always gotten the best results when you're looking for employment," he said.

Wednesday morning in a unanimous vote the Genesee County Commission banned the box on county job applications.

"Age makes a difference in making wise decisions. So I think the point that we really need to make is give these individuals a chance to describe whatever the infraction was and let that employer weigh it, and I think they will be given, they'll see that people can change," said Brenda Clack, Genesee County Commissioner, 2nd District.

The human resources department said the resolution takes effect June 1 and they're working on new applications.

The commissioners said just because that box is gone doesn't guarantee a job. They said employers can, and most will do background checks on perspective employees.

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