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04-15-2012, 05:44 PM

EEOC Guidelines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Compliance Manual advises that employers cannot enact a "blanket exclusion of persons convicted of any crime." Employers can reject an applicant with a criminal conviction if the employer can demonstrate that the reason was "job related." EEOC Guidelines require employers to consider three factors: the nature and seriousness of the crime, how long it has been since the conviction and the type of job at stake. For example, a bank could legally reject an applicant with a robbery or forgery conviction, because these convictions are specifically tied to job requirements.

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very interesting article.

04-15-2012, 05:46 PM

More information.

04-15-2012, 05:47 PM
Unfortunately, just like other kinds of discrimination, proving you were passed over because of a record that is unrelated to a job position's requirements would be virtually impossible.

04-17-2012, 05:47 AM
Yet what is not always difficult to prove is when they refuse to even interview. Waffle House has flat out stated they will not hire convicted felons. Dollar General the same (at least the ones locally). They are in violation.

Yes, it is difficult to prove, but if a pattern can be shown then maybe something can be done. It is frustrating to see good people denied decent employment based upon a mistake. If the crime is employment related, I can understand the hesitancy. But when it is not, well...

I was once asked if I would hire a convicted felon. I sleep with one every night, yes I would hire one if I owned my own business. I would also hire someone on probation. I doubt most employers know they are in violation.

04-19-2012, 06:35 PM
I really have to laugh at the drug convictions.. they can also be turned down for loans :angry: sure, have an addiction problem, which is an illness, but have a conviction for it, and you are doomed for the rest of your freaking life.. .. would they say that to someone with cancer? with aids? with diabetes? only to those with drug addictions do they and can they say that to and get a way with it.. that is discrimination to the hilt! :blah:

I know my way of looking at it may not be reasonable, but when you consider drug addiction is an illness, those with the drug convictions should not have the harshest penalities after they are released from doing their time, yet they are.. they are the only felony crimes that continue to be punished after the fact...