The Benefits and Challenges of Hiring a Person with a Criminal Record


This September 20 panel discussion focused on negligent hiring myths and facts as they relate to employing people with criminal records.


Individuals with criminal records need to work and earn a living, just like the rest of us. Employers want and need competent, reliable workers. However, they also want to make careful staffing decisions to avoid hiring someone who may put the company at risk of a lawsuit. While it is relatively rare for an employer to be successfully sued for negligent hiring in Maryland, liability issues are a reality that employers should understand and know how to manage.


During this forum attendees heard from Antonia K. Fasanelli, executive director for the Homeless Person's Representation Project, Amy Solomon, senior adviser to the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Art Wallenstein, director for the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Panelists discussed the facts about negligent hiring and theories of employer liability. They offered a better understanding of legal principles and suggested measures that employers can take to hire good workers while minimizing risk.


Other speakers including John Keating, president of Metropolitan Industries in Hyattsville, spoke of real life success stories about hiring workers with criminal records. Nadeem Sinnokrot, a former resident of the Montgomery County Pre-Release and Reentry Center, talked about his journey through the criminal justice system and the opportunity he has had to rebuild his life though a sustainable career.

For more information about this event, contact Caryn York at 443-692-9424.
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