Excerpted from rewire.com, by Auditi Guha

Beverly Harrison, 61, was “delighted” to serve as a crossing guard in Dallas in 2013 and “so happy to have a chance to give back” to the city she had lived and worked in most of her life. So, she was shocked to be terminated after eight days on the job when a background check revealed an assault conviction from 40 years ago.

The conviction stemmed from a fight she had with a woman when she was 19; she served probation, and a court set aside the conviction and dismissed the indictment.

If the state gets its way in Texas v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a decades-long policy on employment practices will be stamped out.

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