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Ria Tabacco Mar Discusses Efforts to End Unfair Background Checks in Employment

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ria Tabacco Mar talks to American Urban Radio Network about our work ending unfair background checks. On behalf of our client, Beverly Harrison -- a 58-year-old grandmother unfairly denied a job as a school crossing guard based on a mistake from forty years ago -- we recently filed a motion to defend the EEOC's legal guidance on criminal background checks.

(AURN) -- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is working to change how employers use criminal background checks in hiring.  The NAACP LDF and its co-counsel Edward B. Cloutman III of Cloutman and Cloutman, L.L.P. filed a motion to join the U.S. Department of Justice in defending a recently filed lawsuit challenging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring.

The motion was filed on behalf of the Texas State Conference of the NAACP (Texas NAACP) and an African-American grandmother who lives in Dallas and who has been denied a job as a school crossing guard due to a conviction that is nearly forty years old.

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