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Employment
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova approved the settlement in Stokes v. RealPage, Inc., Case No. 2:15-cv-03894-JP (E.D. Pa).  The primary claim in the lawsuit was that background screener RealPage violated the...
Employment
The following post was written by CLS Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich. I sometimes am asked for authority for the proposition that the reporting of an expunged or sealed case by a commercial screener violates the FCRA.  Unfortunately...
Employment
Groundbreaking Automatic Record Sealing Program with Bipartisan Support Would Help Thousands of Pennsylvanians Get a Second Chance UPDATE, June 29, 2017: Yesterday "Clean Slate" passed unanimously through the PA Senate. Now, the PA House...
Employment, Housing
On Monday, April 25, 2016, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro kicked off National Reentry Week with a listening session with clients of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia...
Employment
Community Legal Services (CLS) has been at the forefront of advocating for people with criminal records for decades. One in three Americans has some kind of criminal record and half of all American children have a parent with a criminal...
Employment
Groundbreaking Automatic Record Sealing Program with Bipartisan Support Would Help Thousands of Pennsylvanians Get a Second Chance Today, identical "Clean Slate" bills providing for automatic sealing of qualified criminal cases were...
Employment
Today, Philadelphia City Council passed a bill which amends the city’s Ban the Box ordinance to turn it into a broader bill ensuring fair hiring for people with criminal records. CLS Attorney Brendan Lynch is pictured here with Rue Landau...
Employment
A team of private and public interest lawyers filed a lawsuit in Harrisburg challenging a state statute that unfairly shuts out scores of people from employment in the long-term health care field and deprives elderly, sick and disabled...
Employment
In a new paper for Clearinghouse Community, Community Legal Services Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich explores how background checking can become a significant cause of poverty, even for people whose criminal records have been expunged...
CLS Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich was on WHYY's Radio Times on April 2nd to discuss what the next mayor of Philadelphia can do to reduce poverty in our city. The panel also featured Project HOME's Sister Mary Scullion and Witness to...