FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27th, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Sebastian Solomon, (212)-243-1313, [email protected]
LAC Celebrates Implementation of New York City Fair Chance Act
New law combines with Article 23-A of Corrections Act to expand equal employment opportunities
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Legal Action Center celebrates implementation of the Fair Chance Act in New York City. LAC supported passage of this critical legislation which aims to eliminate another aspect of unfair discrimination against workers with criminal records. In combination with Article 23-A of the Correction Act, a national model for prohibiting employment discrimination based on criminal record information that is not job-related, the Fair Chance Act will ensure more equal opportunities for New York City workers with criminal records.
The Fair Chance Act prohibits inquiries about a worker’s criminal record until after the employer has made a conditional offer of employment and requires employers to give applicants documentation related to the criminal record inquiry.
“The Fair Chance Act will improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers who have previously faced discrimination because of a criminal record,” said Sebastian Solomon, LAC’s Director of New York Policy. “They will now be able to compete for jobs on a more equal footing. New York is better off when all qualified workers can compete for the jobs employers need to fill, and our neighborhoods are safer when people have a chance to rebuild their lives.”
“This is a big step forward, but there is still work to be done in New York and throughout the country,” said Paul Samuels, LAC’s Director and President. “People who have been incarcerated or have had other justice involvement need support to find and keep a job, better access to housing and health care, and fewer barriers to keep them from getting back on their feet.”
According to Khalil Cumberbatch, LAC’s New York Policy Associate, “Legal Action Center will continue to push for policies that chip away at these barriers and support people in reentry so they can be successful members of the community.”
About the Legal Action Center: The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
For four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.