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Fair Chance hiring considers an applicant’s qualifications first, without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) are in partnership to certify businesses in Orange County, NC, and provide resources for fair chance employers. 

To be Fair Chance Business Certified, businesses must:

  • Remove all questions about criminal records from the initial job application form.
  • Delay asking questions about criminal records until the applicant is given a conditional offer.
  • Give applicants a chance to see any background checks you run.

The Fair Chance Business program can aid in assuaging some of the difficulties faced by our previously incarcerated community members. The program’s goal is to create a network of employers in Orange County who are actively practicing Fair Chance in order to create a broader pool for our previously justice-involved community members to find and secure employment. We also hope this program will create a culture shift that reduces stigma around individuals who have been involved in our justice system.

Want to learn more about Fair Chance? Go to our resource page to view Fair Chance Business infographics.

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Felecia Phillips Ollie DD (h.c.) is the inspiring leader and founder of The Equality Network LLC (TEN). With a background in coaching, travel, and a career in news, Felecia brings a unique perspective to promoting diversity and inclusion. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in English/Communications, she is passionate about creating a more inclusive future. From graduating from Mississippi Valley State University to leading initiatives like the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Felecia is dedicated to making a positive impact. Join her journey on our blog as she shares insights and leads the charge for equity through The Equality Network.

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