According to the EEOC, barring candidates based on arrest records can almost never be justified except in the rare case when the employer “evaluate[s] whether the arrest record reflects the applicant’s conduct”.
"Even where there is no direct evidence that an employer used an arrest record in an employment decision,” an employer who inquires about arrest information without giving the candidate an opportunity to explain the underlying conduct violates Title VII.
That’s because, as the EEOC acknowledges, “arrests alone are not reliable evidence that a person has actually committed a crime”.
65 Million Need Not Apply by The National Employment Law Project.
Add to this that housing/apartment applications are increasingly requiring criminal background checks and can deny you on the basis of an arrest record, and let me know where this puts over 65m+ people.
The number of neurolaw cases rose from 100 to 250 a year over the eight-year survey. In 2005, neuroscience appeared in 30 felony cases that did not involve homicide. That number rose to more than 100 in 2012.
It is always hard to predict things, especially the future
Nobody knows , says Lubarsky. “We’ve turned this into a circus of experimenting on prisoners,” he says. “The state is playing doctor without any regard for efficacy.
Let’s face it: the stereotypical specimen is a young white male with thick glasses, strong opinions about operating systems and a collection of Star Wars figurines. If that’s what we immediately associate with science – whether or not it’s an accurate portrayal of actual scientists – then coolifying nerdiness might be attractive for those who fit the mold, but could inadvertently steer away from science those who don’t.
Might a more inclusive portrayal of science – one that includes a few well-dressed and socially astute women, for example – draw more people to science than a “coolified” depiction of stereotypical nerdiness? It might. (via npr)
"Hey kids, science is neat, no matter what you look like or whatever rad hobbies you have," says funny lookin, tattooed, whiskey drinking, leather jacket wearing, lady neuroscientist who’s reportedly happy to be uncool.