A new day for fair hiring practices in Phila.

Today, new fair hiring rules that apply to nearly all employers take effect in Philadelphia, and they will vastly increase employment opportunities for people with criminal records.
Blog Post (Pennsylvania)

Brendan Lynch
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2016

Tags: Criminal Records, Reentry

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


An estimated one in three of Philadelphians has a criminal record – and these records are one of the biggest barriers to finding work. This is particularly true for people of color. Studies show that black men with no records get callbacks for job interviews at the same rate as white men with rap sheets, while black men with records get virtually no callbacks. Employment rejections based on criminal records are a major cause of our city’s deep poverty.

The city passed a law in 2011 to remove questions about criminal records from job application forms, but that law did not address how employers used criminal record information after a first interview. Too often, people who were qualified were still turned away due to old, minor, or unrelated convictions. At Community Legal Services, we regularly serve people who have been denied low-wage, entry-level jobs due to decades-old convictions.