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The City of Portland, Oregon

City Attorney

Office of the City Attorney

Office: 503-823-4047

Fax: 503-823-3089

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 430, Portland, OR 97204

Removing Barriers to Employment


The purpose of this Section is to remove barriers to employment so that people with criminal histories can provide for themselves and their families; to reduce disparate impacts on people of color that result from the use of criminal history information in hiring and employment decisions; and to reduce recidivism through the reintroduction of formerly incarcerated persons into community life.

Portland City Code Section 23.10 will require employers not to exclude applicants from consideration solely because of an applicant’s criminal history and consider an applicant’s criminal history in the hiring process only after making a Conditional Offer of Employment. 

Final Administrative Rules

Final Administrative Rules

Rescission of Conditional Offer of Employment

Example Notice of Rescission of Conditional Offer of Employment

Criminal History Matrix

Criminal History Matrix