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Ending Unfair Background Checks

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is working to change how employers use criminal background checks in hiring.

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(AURN) -- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is working to change how employers use criminal background checks in hiring.   The long time legal arm of the NAACP says background checks are in part, fueling double digit unemployment among blacks.

In an effort to revamp background check policies, 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.

Beverly Harrison, a 58-year-old grandmother was recently denied a job as a school crossing guard with Dallas County Schools due to a conviction she received nearly forty years ago.  (Photo NAACP LDF)

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