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Representing the Texas NAACP, Levy Ratner Seeks to Protect Equal Employment Rights of People with Convictions

Levy Ratner’s Robert H. Stroup and Dana E. Lossia are fighting against a move by the State of Texas to categorically ban the hiring of certain job applicants based on their criminal convictions.  Representing the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and Beverly Harrison, Levy Ratner, along with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP), has submitted an amicus brief 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 earlier—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. Read more about Ms. Harrison’s experience in a recent article in The Nation.

“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.”
 
Read the full press release here.

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