The EEOC held a public hearing last week to consider the extent to which criminal background checks form a barrier to employment, particularly for members of minority groups. A recent study by the National Employment Law Project, concluding that the barriers can indeed be steep, called for reforms in laws and policies to provide better protections for workers.
We discuss and debate this issue on this week’s episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. Helping us consider all sides of this complex issue are:
- Charles H. Kaplan, Esq., a labor and employment partner in the New York office of Sedgwick LLP.
- Maurice Emsellem, Esq., policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project in Oakland, Calif., and a co-author of the report I mentioned above.
- Ray P. McClain, Esq., director of the Employment Discrimination Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C.
Listen to or download this week’s show: The Debate over Background Checks & Hiring Practices | Legal Talk Network.