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Employment Rights For Immigrants And Individuals With Criminal Records

In a fair job market, hiring decisions should be based on skills and qualifications, not personal attributes. Workplace discrimination is not only unfair but also illegal. Understanding your legal protections is essential for safeguarding your rights as an employee.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces several federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. These laws protect various characteristics such as race, color, religion, gender, nationality, age, disability, and genetic information, ensuring that employment decisions are merit-based and free from bias related to personal traits.

Additionally, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers specific protections for immigrant workers against discrimination based on national origin, particularly in hiring and the employment eligibility verification process.

Programs like Ban-the-Box and Fair Chance Hiring policies aim to reduce discrimination against individuals with criminal records by regulating when employers can inquire about an applicant’s criminal history.

For more detailed information on employment rights or to address workplace discrimination issues, please refer to the comprehensive infographic provided below.


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