Media Mentions

Gerald Maatman Quoted in The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
"Employers advised on considering arrest records"


Seyfarth Shaw Labor & Employment partner Gerald Maatman was quoted in an April 25 article in The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. The article discussed recent guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which specifies how companies can show that their criminal record-screening policies are legal. The article points out that the EEOC did not ban the consideration of a job applicant's arrest and convictions records.

Jerry notes that many employers are concerned about the EEOC guidance concerning individual assesments. He comments, “For employers that need to hire right away, it may not be very practicable. Anything that can help to eliminate discrimination is a good thing. Anything that helps employers find the best-qualified individual is a good thing. After that, the issue is, is the government creating impediments to hiring the best people or hiring in an efficient and effective way?”

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