Getting that Elusive Second Chance
While people do deserve to get a second chance, forgiveness and acceptance does not come easy. Some people do have a hard time trusting people who have done them wrong or have a history of committing mistakes. Getting your freedom back after being jailed is such a bittersweet experience for anybody. While it is nice to finally be free from prison, getting your normal life back, there are many challenges that prevent you from doing that. Destinee Evans, 24, has been convicted before for marijuana trafficking. After spending two years in prison and serving her sentence, she was then released last October 2012. After sending applications for various jobs, she was fortunate to get an interview with a telemarketer. As soon as the company found out about her background, she was dropped like a hot potato, saying that the company didn’t need her.
A Clear Violation of the Law
Using a person’s criminal record as basis for employment is a clear violation of existing equal employment opportunity laws. The EEOC have handled several cases and successfully represented jobseekers with criminal records against companies bypassing their applications because of their dark past. The EEOC, together with the US Department of Labor believe that everybody deserves a chance to get the job that they want, given that they possess the skills needed for that position. The agency handled cases of employment discrimination over the years and has won claims against discriminating employers.
A Los Angeles employment labor lawyer believes that accepting these people and welcoming them to the society is one of the best ways to help ex-convicts completely change their ways. It helps them build the confidence back for themselves, helping them turn away from their very dark past.