Levy Ratner’s Robert H. Stroup and Dana E. Lossia have teamed up with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“LDF”) and the National Employment Law Project (“NELP”) to fight against a move by the State of Texas to categorically ban certain job applicants from positions based on their criminal convictions. Representing the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and plaintiff Beverly Harrison, LR has sought to intervene in Texas v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in the Northern District of Texas to defend the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions.
Ms. Harrison is a 61-year-old African American woman and grandmother who lives in Dallas, TX. In 2013, she was hired as a school crossing guard for the Dallas County Schools, but she was fired after eight days on the job because of a conviction from nearly 40 years before—when she was only 19 years old—even though a court had set aside that conviction and dismissed the indictment. Ms. Harrison had worked for 28 years for the City of Dallas, including in the Marshal’s Office.
“Job applicants deserve to be evaluated based on their ability to perform the job,” said Robert H. Stroup, a partner in the firm of Levy Ratner, P.C. “Texas wants the right to treat Beverly Harrison and people like her as irredeemable because of a youthful mistake from decades ago. In reality, Ms. Harrison is an asset to her community and to our economy. The Court should permit her and the Texas NAACP to represent their interests in this case, which align with the interests of so many people of color in the State of Texas and beyond.”
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