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LFI Toolkit: Five Ways a Company Can Make Themselves More Inclusive to Restored Citizens

Click the image below to view my LFI Toolkit that was published on DiversityConneX.com.

Hiring Candidates with Criminal Backgrounds [Pt. 2]

A Guest Blog for the EmpLAWyerologist [Pt. 2] Our guest blogger, Lisa Forbes of LFI, returns this week to tell us more about why it is in your interest as an employer to consider hiring candidates with a criminal history. Click here if you missed last week’s post. Otherwise join us as we hear more from Lisa…

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Why You Should Consider Hiring Candidates with Criminal Histories

A Guest Blog for the EmpLAWyerologist [Pt. 1] This week we have a special guest blogger, with a very unique perspective on the subject of hiring candidates with criminal histories. Her name is Lisa Forbes. Lisa has studied law and various rehabilitation treatments to learn how to restore herself and others with criminal histories. Through her…

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The EEOC is Right, But Also So Very Wrong (Part 2)

The EEOC argues that employers who use criminal background checks as a singular basis for not hiring qualified candidates are violating Title VII because such policies have a disparate impact on Black and Hispanic people.  In Part 1 we discussed the reasons why there would be an almost unanimous, practically knee-jerk negative reaction to the EEOC’s litigation on…

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EEOC is Right, But Also So Very Wrong (Part 1)

America, this isn’t hard at all.  We just need more sophisticated reasoning when we converse. EEOC argues that employers who use criminal background checks as a blanket basis for refusing to hire qualified candidates are violating Title VII because such policies have a disparate impact on Black and Hispanic people.  While supporting what they are…

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How to Get There from Here

They mean well.  They really do.  By “they” I mean EEOC and those states that are implementing new employment laws consistent with EEOC regulations that govern the ways that hiring managers and decisionmakers can use criminal background information. Nevertheless, this is what they’ve come up with: “The following are examples of best practices for employers…

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Gay People, Black People, and Convicts

You know how some people used to say (and may still say) that the argument for gay rights “is just like the civil rights issue for Black people?”  It’s not.  They are two completely separate concerns.  They have independent bases upon which to invoke justice.  Both deserve to stand on their own and be considered…

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Raise Your Hand

Raise your hand if anyone in your family has ever been to prison. Raise your hand if any of your in-laws have ever been to prison. Raise your hand if anyone in your church, mosque, or temple has ever been to prison Raise your hand if you’ve ever dated or married someone who had been…

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