I have been a carpenter for 15yrs, I was contacted by an employer who got my resume from a job search site, I went to the scheduled interview arrived early, well dressed with plenty of experience which they knew of by my resume then because there was a lapse in employment the employer asked why there was a 2yr lapse, I said " I got in trouble and went to prison" the employer asked if it was a felony, I said yes, he then said "that wont work, we dont hire felons" he never asked what the felony was or anything, this I read on th EEOC site is called a "Blanket Policy" which is illegal, the conviction has to in some way be relevant to the position applied for, the EEOC sent me the papers to fill out yet the person I talked to said he didnt know how they were going to handle the matter since I am white. Wouldnt that be discrimination in itself? Isnt equal rights truely that...equality? Now they called me today and told me they do not handle things like this only age, sex and race discrimination, yet when i told the person about the "Blanket Policy" and about the other EEOC employee who told me of this, the caller is going to investigate it further. If anyone knows a good lawyer who can help me with this matter let me know, the EEOC says they try to mediate the matter and get you the job unless either party declines, which I plan to do because I know there would be some animosity between me and the employer, I am in Southern California if anyone can help with the matter.