on Arrest Records as
Barriers to Employment
The Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion, in collaboration with more than 25 co-sponsoring Chicago and Cook County government agencies and organizations, will host “Arrest Records as Barriers to Employment”—a program free and open to the public featuring keynote speaker speaker Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The program, provided with support through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a Midwest summit for attorneys, policy makers, workforce development and employment agencies, human resource personnel, business groups, community organizations, community leaders and resident to examine:
Revised EEOC guidelines for employers in considering arrest histories in hiring decisions
- Impact on juveniles and adults seeking jobs—especially in vulnerable communities with high arrest rates
- Current legal action involving major employers and the EEOC guidance
- Remedies and implications
- Research findings on guidance application and its mental health impact in Chicago’s Englewood community
Feldblum will discuss the EEOC's practice guidance and highlight several suits against major companies. Additional panelists will address alternate remedies and implications for local efforts.
The program takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, in Assembly Hall on the Concourse Level. Attendance is free, but registration is required by October 21. Visit adler.edu/ISEPrograms for detail and registration. For groups of 10 or more, contact ISE@adler.edu.
Arrest records are barrier for many juveniles and adults as they seek employment, especially those from low-income, racial and ethnic minority communities where large numbers of arrests may take place with no subsequent charges or convictions.
The issue, and EEOC guidelines on the consideration of arrest histories in making hiring decisions, were the focus of an 18--month Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) study by the Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion. Released this spring, the study advised that the EEOC’s revised policy guidance regarding arrest records and hiring can help increase employability among Englewood residents—in turn improving community mental health and well-being, and the likelihood that individuals will suffer less depression and psychological distress, and feel greater social cohesion.
Co-sponsors for “Arrest Records as Barriers to Employment” are:
- Cabrini Green Legal Aid
- Chicago Area Project
- Chicago CeaseFire
- Chicago Commission on Human Relations
- Chicago Department of Public Health
- Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
- Chicago Jobs Council
- Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
- Children and Family Justice Center
- Cook County Board/President Toni Preckwinkle
- Field Foundation of Illinois
- FORCE/Community Renewal Society
- Illinois Department of Corrections
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
- Juvenile Justice Initiative
- Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
- LISC Chicago
- Metropolis Strategies
- Pierce Family Foundation
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Safer Foundation
- Shriver Poverty Law Center
- TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)
- Teamwork Englewood
- Union League Club of Chicago
- W. K. Kellogg Foundation
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