Tonkon Torp attorney Corbett Gordon, who is a member of the Dave's Killer Bread Foundation Board, was in New York City on May 24 to speak at the Second Chance Summit hosted by the Foundation at The New School in Manhattan. The Summit, held for leaders in business, nonprofit and government, provided a forum to explore problems faced by the 70 million Americans with criminal records who are trying to rebuild their lives after incarceration. The Foundation promotes best practices for employers who are hiring applicants with backgrounds.
Corbett spoke on a panel that debunked common myths related to hiring people with backgrounds. She and her fellow panelists dismantled assumptions and frequently raised objections about hiring second chance employees and Gordon explained legal protections like ban the box legislation, EEOC restrictions on barriers, and safeguarding hiring from claims of negligence.
A member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, Gordon is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected labor and employment lawyers. With more than three decades of experience representing private and public sector employers in traditional labor matters, she has also defended employment cases before juries in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington and successfully prevailed in client appeals in state and federal courts as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.