Consumer Litigation Involving FCRA Rose 15 Percent from Previous Month in July 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2019, consumer litigation involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – a federal law that helps ensure the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of personal information – rose 15.4 percent from the previous month, with 510 cases compared to 442 cases, according to statistics from WebRecon …

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EEOC Reaches Agreement with Pier 1 Imports to Resolve Background Check Race Discrimination Charge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it had reached an agreement with international home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports through its conciliation process to resolve a background check race discrimination charge …

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Columbia SC Passes Ban the Box Law and Prohibits Salary History Questions on Initial Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, Columbia, South Carolina City Council unanimously passed a law that will “Ban the Box” asking about criminal history and prohibit salary history questions on initial job applications, and will encourage vendors doing business with the City to do the same, according to a …

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ICE Executes Search Warrants at Agricultural Processing Plants in Mississippi and Detains 680 Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 7, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the federal agency enforcing laws governing American border control – announced that ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed multiple federal criminal search warrants at seven agricultural processing plants in Mississippi as part of an ongoing …

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Judge Rules Clerk Violated Freedom of Information Act by Not Releasing Court Records for Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, a Pulaski County Circuit Judge ruled in an open-record lawsuit that a Bentonville District Clerk violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release court records of a man undergoing a background check, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. …

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Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Barring EEOC from Enforcing Guidance on Criminal Records in Texas

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction that barred the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – from enforcing the EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records …

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New Jersey Bans Salary History Inquiries by Employers to Promote Equal Pay

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Y. Oliver signed Assembly No. 1094 into law to prevent employers from asking about wage and salary history of workers to combat this discriminatory practice and promote equal pay and gender equity, according to a press release on …

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Alabama Crimson Tide Football Program Passed on Hiring Assistant Coach After Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 3, 2019, Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban told the media at a press conference that he did not offer a coaching position to former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith after a background check conducted in 2018, according to a report from Sports …

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EEOC Files Wage Discrimination Lawsuit Claiming University Paid Female Professor Less than Male Counterpart

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 29, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – filed a wage discrimination lawsuit that claimed the University of Miami violated federal law by paying a female professor at the school less than a male …

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Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants About Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 31, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation – House Bill 834 – that will prohibit employers from asking applicants about salary history to ensure equal pay for equal work while standing steps away from the headquarters of the U.S. Soccer Federation which continues to …

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