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Posted on: October 16, 2023

City of Denton Invites Public Feedback on Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance

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Learn about the different ways that residents and businesses are able to participate

DENTON, TX, Oct. 16, 2023 – The City of Denton is encouraging residents and businesses to participate in the public feedback process for a proposed Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance. 

Fair chance hiring initiatives (also known as “ban the box” initiatives due to their goal of removing criminal history question boxes in job applications) generally refer to a policy or practice of not considering an applicant’s criminal history in the initial phase of the employment hiring process. The information is typically obtained by the employer once a conditional offer is presented, and does not limit the authority of the employer to withdraw the offer.  

The City of Denton is committed to engaging the community in this important discussion and is providing multiple opportunities for feedback and information sharing:

  1. Discuss Denton Engagement Platform: 
    Community members can read a summary and view the draft ordinance, read FAQs, give feedback, and take a survey at www.discussdenton.com/fairchancehiring

  2. In-Person and Virtual Feedback Sessions: 
     The City will host a series of feedback sessions that include a presentation and a Q&A session. Dates for these sessions are as follows:

Sessions Hosted by the Denton Chamber of Commerce:

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 4:00 PM at the Development Services Center 
     (401 N. Elm St.)
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 4:00 PM at the Development Services Center (401 N. Elm St.)

Virtual Community Meetings:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 6:00 PM

Individuals can register to attend virtual community meetings on the City of Denton website at www.cityofdenton.com/virtualcommunitymeetings

In-Person Town Hall:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 6:00 PM at the Development Services Center 
     (401 N. Elm St.)

The feedback will be compiled and presented to the Denton City Council when it considers adoption of the draft ordinance in January 2024.

For media inquiries, contact: 
D
ustin Sternbeck, Chief Communications Officer
940-349-8251 
[email protected]

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