Criminal Background Checks: Do They Violate Civil Rights?


Job applicants with criminal records are routinely denied employment opportunities due to extreme no-hire policies that routinely, and often illegally, block job applicants with criminal records, says a new survey released today by the National Employment Law Project, a not-for-profit focusing on work issues.

With 92 percent of large U.S. employers reporting that they screen some or all job candidates for criminal records, and 65 million workers with criminal records, the problem is rapidly growing worse, said researchers conducting the survey. The report explains how blanket criminal background checks violate federal civil rights guidelines, impede public safety, and hinder economic security.

Access the report here.

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