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