Pennsylvania law seeks to address this pressing social and economic issue. The Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA) provides that employers may only consider an applicant’s criminal history to the extent that it directly relates to the applicant’s suitability for a particular position. Arrests that do not lead to convictions may not be considered at all. To date, this law has gone virtually unused as a tool for addressing discrimination and little case law exists to increase enforcement of the law.
The Fair Employment Opportunities Project uniquely responds to this employment crisis in three complementary ways:
- Corporate Champions: partner with local companies to develop and implement best practices for hiring and showcase corporate partners who have elected appropriate and legal hiring practices
- Litigation: collaborate with non-profits and pro bono attorneys to represent victims under current state laws and increase relevant case law favorable to individuals with criminal backgrounds who are seeking employment
- Public Education: execute a public education campaign to debunk myths and increase public knowledge of the issue