WHAT: The Richard Netter Conference on Race, Criminal Records and Employment: Legal Practice and Social Science Research
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. followed by a reception
WHERE: Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relation's NYC Conference Center, 16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, New York
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Legal and employment issues in the use of criminal records for hiring decisions will be discussed at the Richard Netter Conference on Race, Criminal Records and Employment: Legal Practice and Social Science Research, on Oct. 9 in New York City.
Renowned national experts and scholars from law and social science, community activists and policymakers will come together at this conference to confront an emerging legal issue—workplace discrimination resulting from criminal convictions—according to conference organizers Esta Bigler and Pamela Tolbert, from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).
As laws vary state to state, a person with a criminal record can have difficulty with employment prospects and can be affected by issues such as getting a driver’s license or a license to practice a particular trade. Thus, conviction for a crime at age 17 or 18 can mean a life sentence of unemployment.
Race adds another layer of complexity to this issue. Research by Princeton University sociology professor Devah Pager, who will speak at the conference, has shown that employers are more likely to hire whites with criminal records than African-Americans without a record. The intersection of high unemployment rates for people with criminal records, high incarceration rates of minority men and practical concerns of employers will also be tackled at the conference.
Topics of discussion at the conference include:
For conference registration, agenda and information, visit <www.ilr.cornell.edu/law/events>.
Sponsored by ILR's Labor and Employment Law Program in collaboration with the Cornell Law School, the conference is named in Richard Netter's honor as the funding was provided by Netter, a 1939 graduate of Cornell's Arts and Sciences College and a 1941 graduate of Cornell Law School. Nettler, who died earlier this year, had a long-standing interest in human rights.
Contact: Sabina Lee
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