In this episode of Reentry Radio, PRI talks to Melissa Ader, a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Worker Justice Project, about conviction-related employment discrimination and the steps New York has taken to combat it with the Fair Chance Act. Passed in 2015, this act levels the playing field for justice-involved individuals “because it pushes the criminal record inquiry until after the person gets a job offer,” according to Melissa. Justice-involved individuals, however, still face discrimination in the hiring process. Melissa outlines the ways in which those individuals can navigate employment discrimination and the importance of information sharing in shifting norms and practices.
“People with conviction records should be able to work and they should be judged on their merits, they shouldn’t be judged on their conviction. They should be judged on whether they would be a good employee or not.”
Thanks to our audio editor, Katie Bancroft.