Employment Discrimination against People with Criminal Records
Have You Experienced Discrimination?
People with criminal records face widespread employment discrimination. Many employers now do routine background checks. Firing or refusing to hire someone because of his or her criminal record can violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 under some circumstances, particularly where an employer fires or refuses to hire someone based on an OLD conviction that is UNRELATED to the job sought. An employer's blanket ban on hiring ALL people with convictions runs a substantial risk of violating Title VII.
The ACLU Women’s Rights Project, in conjunction with ACLU affiliates in Oregon, Alaska, Michigan, Georgia, Hawaii, and other states, is launching an initiative to tackle the ways in which people with criminal records are barred from rebuilding their lives through employment. We seek to challenge barriers to employment by enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and by engaging in advocacy and public education to take down barriers to employment for people with criminal records.
For more information about employment discrimination against people with criminal convictions, please click here.
Please contact us if you recently have been fired or denied a job because of an old or minor conviction that is not related to the job that was lost.
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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)