AG Healey Sends Warnings To Violators Of State's 'Ban The Box' Rule

May 6, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey is warning state businesses not to unfairly discriminate against job applicants with criminal records.

Healey’s office says an investigation made public Monday found 19 businesses had violated the state’s “ban the box” law,  which bars employers from asking about criminal record information on a candidate’s initial job application.

The attorney general says the law is meant to prohibit companies from screening out people with a criminal background before they have a fair chance to go through the job process.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
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In our look back at news of the week, a Massachusetts judge and a court officer were charged in federal court with helping a man in the country illegally evade an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent last year. 

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said they dismantled one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI, charging 24 people in a $1.2 billion alleged scam involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment companies.

A courthouse in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire County District Attorney's office is introducing a new approach to domestic and sexual assault cases. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council President Justin Hurst.
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The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the Hampden County district attorney should resign.