Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records

Employers who have less guidance on how to assess an applicant with a criminal record rely more on their personal beliefs and intuition, which can result in a less rational decision and more discrimination against people with criminal records. Studying the impact of a misdemeanor offense on employers' hiring decisions, the authors of this article recommend workplaces provide formal, rational instruction on how to assess criminal records among applicants.


Lageson, S. E., Vuolo, M., & Uggen, C. (2015). Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records. Law & Social Inquiry, 40(1), 175–204. https://doi.org/10.1111/lsi.12066

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