FEOP: Heard v. Genesis

Pennsylvania law protects people like Ms. Heard from this type of automatic disqualification. Under Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act, employers making hiring decisions cannot consider convictions unrelated to a particular job, nor can they consider arrests that did not lead to convictions. Employers must also provide written notice when denying a job offer because of a criminal record. Ms. Heard is receiving representation through the Fair Employment Opportunities Project, a coalition of legal groups working to improve access to employment for people with criminal records.

Case Progress

August 2016
The case was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

December 2015
Unrelated Criminal History Case Moves Past Preliminary Objections

November 2015
Major Healthcare Company Genesis Sued for Discriminating Against Prospective Employee with Unrelated Criminal History

Staff on the Case
Benjamin Geffen