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Barriers to Employment

Ultimately, employers are humans who may hold unjust biases towards certain individuals and be less willing to hire them. An individual's race, sex, criminal background, or other factors may become barriers to employment. There are laws in place that protect against employer discrimination against protected classes of individuals both during and after the hiring process, and laws to help individuals with criminal backgrounds reenter the workforce. Labor laws also ensure safe working conditions for employees. Learn more about these laws and protections below.


  • Read "Labor Laws" and "Illegal Interview Questions"

  • Complete the "Barriers to Employment" Quiz

  • Optional: Read "Criminal Barriers to Employment" and complete the worksheet

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