Pa. Transit Agency's Ex-Drug Convict Hiring Ban Challenged

Law360, Philadelphia (May 5, 2017, 4:24 PM EDT) -- A Philadelphia-area public transit agency is facing a putative class action in state court over an employment policy that challengers say illegally bars individuals with drug convictions from working as drivers or holding certain maintenance positions.

A trio of would-be Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers say the policy violates provisions of the state's Criminal History Record Information Act allowing employers to consider a candidate's convictions only so far as they relate to his or her suitability for the position being sought.

"Rather than making assessments of what drug-related crimes related to the suitability of applicants for particular jobs, SEPTA applied an...

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