FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
INTEGRITY STAFFING SOLUTIONS LEADS THE WAY IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES
ALLENTOWN, PA - Integrity Staffing Solutions, the Public
Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Berger & Montague, P.C.
jointly announce the successful resolution of a claim brought by an
African-American job applicant who alleged that he was denied a job
with Integrity Staffing Solutions at its Allentown facility due to
a 30-year old criminal conviction for involuntary manslaughter.
Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Integrity Staffing
Solutions has reaffirmed its policy of providing equal employment
opportunity for people with past criminal convictions, and has
agreed to change its employment advertisements and job applications
to comply with its policy. Integrity Staffing Solutions also
has further reemphasized to supervisors and personnel engaged in
the hiring process the importance of and appropriate review of a
job applicant's with criminal convictions.
After Mr. Dunn was initially turned away for the Warehouse
Association position, based upon his 30-year old criminal
conviction, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and
Berger & Montague, P.C. filed a claim with the Pennsylvania
Human Relations Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, bringing the matter to the attention of
Integrity Staffing Solutions. Upon being notified of the
situation, Integrity Staffing Solutions acted quickly, reinforcing
that people with criminal convictions should not automatically be
"Employment policies that impose a blanket exclusion on people
with past convictions, without any consideration of the
relationship of the conviction to the job in question, can
constitute unlawful discrimination under federal and state law,"
said Jennifer Clarke, Esq., Executive Director of the Public
Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. "Such policies remain a
serious problem, with more Americans than ever before-especially
racial minorities-struggling to find a job and a place in society
under the weight of ancient criminal convictions."
According to the charge, thirty years ago, Mr. Dunn, then in his
early twenties, shot a man who had threatened him and his
family. He accepted responsibility, pleaded guilty, and
served his sentence. In the three decades since his crime,
Mr. Dunn has been a model citizen, maintaining steady employment at
a job that required him to obtain two government security
clearances, counseling young people about the repercussions of
crime, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship
Farm in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a leadership-development and
conflict-negotiating organization. Still, since losing his
job in a round of layoffs after 23 years, Mr. Dunn's conviction
left him struggling to find good-paying work.
"We are very pleased that Integrity Staffing Solutions took
prompt steps to ensure that Mr. Dunn was treated fairly under the
law," said Shanon J. Carson, Esq., of Berger
& Montague, P.C. "It is our hope that the example set by
Integrity Staffing Solutions will help build awareness among
employers across Pennsylvania that policies discriminating against
people with criminal backgrounds may be unlawful."