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Unfair punishment : when criminal record checks lead to discrimination

Farrell, James 2012, Unfair punishment : when criminal record checks lead to discrimination, The conversation.

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Title Unfair punishment : when criminal record checks lead to discrimination
Author(s) Farrell, James
Source title The conversation
Publisher The Conversation Media Trust
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-04-27
Keyword(s) criminal record
Summary Applying for a job is stressful enough, but if you have a criminal record, even if it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it can be a nightmare.

Employers in Australia regularly discriminate on the grounds that a person has an irrelevant criminal record and checking criminal records is on the increase. The number of criminal record checks undertaken in Victoria have risen by almost 6,000% since 1993.

It is concerning then that the few laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of irrelevant criminal record lack real teeth.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
Socio Economic Objective 940116 Social Class and Inequalities
HERDC Research category M Media article
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Created: Mon, 18 Feb 2013, 15:03:01 EST by James Farrell

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