Bill Status of HB5334 97th General Assembly
Short Description: BACKGROUND FAIRNESS ACT
Rep. Sonya M. Harper - Juliana Stratton - Camille Y. Lilly - Kelly M. Cassidy - Rita Mayfield, Theresa Mah, Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Elizabeth Hernandez, Mr. Nicholas K Smith, Carol Ammons, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Litesa E. Wallace, Laura Fine, William Davis, Thaddeus Jones, Robert Rita, Will Guzzardi and Barbara Flynn Currie
| 1/8/2019||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Employee Background Fairness Act. Provides that an employer may not refuse to hire an individual and may not discharge an individual because of the individual's criminal history unless the individual has one or more convictions and there is a direct relationship between one of more of an individual's convictions and the specific employment sought. Prohibits retaliation for exercising rights under the Act. Provides that an individual denied or discharged from employment because of his or her criminal history in violation of the Act may recover from the employer in a civil action: (1) damages in the amount of $2,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater; (2) costs and such reasonable attorney fees as may be allowed by the Court; and (3) any other relief as may be appropriate, including punitive damages. Defines terms. Effective immediately.