BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according …

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Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort …

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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance May Hurt Ex-Offenders the Law was Meant to Help

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that took effect a year ago today on August 13, 2014, requires San Francisco City and County employers with 20 or more workers to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal record …

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Background Check Lawsuit against BMW

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against BMW Manufacturing Co. claiming the criminal background check policy used by BMW to screen workers is unfair to African-Americans, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com.

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EEOC Criminal Records Guidance Examined in Webinar August 13

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records when hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Thursday, …

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Businesses Charged with Violating Seattle Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) records reveal 40 businesses were charged in the last year with allegedly violating the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, a Ban the Box law that took effect on November 1, 2013 that prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on job applications …

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Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on …

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Ban the Box Demonstration Planned for White House

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Advocates, civil rights leaders, clergy, and impacted individuals will hold a demonstration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to “Ban the Box” and implement fair hiring practices for federal jobs, …

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City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report …

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Oregon to Join Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Oregon House and Senate have approved House Bill (HB) 3025 that will Ban the Box and bar most employers in the state from asking applicants about criminal convictions on initial job applications, according to a report in the Portland Tribune. The legislation now heads to Governor …

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