Employment Barriers Facing Women of Color Upon Re-Entry from Incarceration
Sewell, Shellie L.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Ex-convicts -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Sex discrimination against women
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (United States)
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (United States)
Ex-convicts -- Employment
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Shellie L. Sewell is a member of the Class of 2004 of Washington and Lee University School of Law.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]This paper will explore the plight of low-income women of color reentering society from incarceration and the barriers that they face. By looking at the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act (“PRWORA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state legislation, I challenge popular litigation strategies advocated by reentry activists and propose changes in welfare requirements and statutory treatment of discrimination against ex-felons that consider both the women’s struggle toward stability, and the employers fear of liability from hiring ex-felons. [From Introduction]Shellie L. Sewell