March , 2019

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CHICAGO, IL – To help job seekers find employment regardless of past criminal history, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that establishes the Employee Background Fairness Act to provide protections to applicants with criminal records.

“Everyone deserves a second chance at improving their lives, especially those who are determined to turn their lives around for the better,” said Harper. “It is blatantly unfair to immediately disqualify an applicant who wants to make right from their past mistakes without considering that person’s qualifications for a position.”

Harper is leading the effort to create fairer hiring practices for individuals with criminal records seeking employment. Her House Bill 5334 asks that employers perform good faith assessments on potential hires to give them a fair shot at employment and prohibits discriminatorily disqualifying applicants because of their past records, with some exceptions. Harper is fighting for those who have paid their debt to society and now wish to give back to their communities.

“Unfortunately, race and discrimination still play a huge factor in whether someone is hired for a job,” said Harper. “I want those people who are seeking reentry into society to know that they have an opportunity to turn their lives around instead of being left to fend for themselves.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park.

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