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Fair-Chance Employment Practices: Opening Job Opportunities for People with Records


Speaker(s): Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, Nayantara Mehta
Recorded on: Sep. 6, 2016
PLI Program #: 193948

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez
Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Michelle works with state and local advocates across the country in their efforts to reduce barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records, with a focus on California.  She is also leading NELP’s efforts to promote fair chance hiring campaigns nationally and co-authored 65 Million “Need Not Apply”: The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment (2011).  Before joining NELP, Michelle was a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Advocates, a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization in San Francisco.  She serves on the board of Common Counsel Foundation.


Nayantara Mehta is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Employment Law Project (NELP). She works on eliminating unfair barriers to employment of people with criminal records and expanding the employment rights of other vulnerable workers. Prior to working at NELP, she was Senior Counsel at Alliance for Justice and a Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute. She advised and worked on policy campaigns related to reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and many other social and economic justice issues.

Nayantara has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.