Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO)

The FCIHO requires that Private Employers and City Contractors do not include any inquiries into a job applicant’s criminal history on job applications or postings. Private Employers and City Contractors cannot inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.  If an Offer of Employment is withdrawn as a result of a criminal history, the applicant must be given the opportunity for the Fair Chance Process.  For more details and forms, see links below:

For Both Private Employers and City Contractors

Printable Forms and Sample Letter

Informational Materials


For Private Employers and Their Job Applicants


For City Contractors and Their Job Applicants

California Fair Chance Act

The State of California recently adopted the California Fair Chance Act (AB-1008), which adds a section to the Fair Employment and Housing Act and went into effect on January 1, 2018. The law limits employers’ consideration of an applicant’s criminal history similar to the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. Businesses who have employees working within the geographic boundaries of the City of Los Angeles must comply with both laws.


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