Former senator urges Bridgeport to follow "ban the box" campaign

Former Bridgeport State Sen. Ernie Newton is asking city council members to removed the box on a job application that asks for someone's criminal history.

Former Bridgeport State Sen. Ernie Newton is asking city council members to removed the box on a job application that asks for someone's criminal history. (6/7/16)

BRIDGEPORT - Former Bridgeport State Sen. Ernie Newton is asking city council members to "ban the box."

That's the box on a job application that asks for someone's criminal history.

Newton works for East End Development and says the company recently won a bid to do work in Bridgeport, but the city backed out of a contract after realizing he was an ex-offender.

Newton says it's unfair for the city to reject contract bids based on an employee's criminal history.

Newton's request was sent to the ordinance committee to be discussed at a later date.

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