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EEOC Holds Meeting on Use of Big Data in Background Checks for Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – is being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks, according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading

Civil Rights Group Concerned Amazon Policy on Background Checks May Harm Minority Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a letter to Amazon that expresses “profound concern” over recently implemented policies on background checks by the company that resulted in the mass termination of dozens of primarily Black and Latino Amazon drivers, including the firing of 30-40 such employees on a single day in the Boston, MA area. Continue reading

DOJ and EEOC Report Finds Background Checks Can Be Barrier to Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report entitled “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” that examines many promising practices as well as possible barriers – including criminal background checks – in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement. Continue reading

EEOC Releases New Online Small Business Resource Center to Help Small Businesses Avoid Employment Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released a new online Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) designed to help small business owners comply with federal employment anti-discrimination laws enforced by EEOC. Continue reading

Temporary Staffing Agency to Pay $435,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A temporary staffing agency will pay $435,000 to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed the company illegally granted placement preferences to Hispanic Temps over African American Temps, the EEOC has announced. Continue reading

Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal records and reduce racial disparities in the workforce may unintentionally harm minority applicants. Continue reading

White House Report on Big Data Reveals Opportunities and Challenges with Employment Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In May 2016, the White House released ‘Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights’ that revealed “Big Data” – defined as information so high in volume, velocity, and variety that it requires new forms of processing for decision making – can uncover or even reduce employment discrimination but also risk enabling and automating potentially discriminatory hiring practices. Continue reading

Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from Reuters on the Census Discrimination Lawsuit website. Continue reading

EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has issued a one-page fact sheet entitled “Preventing Discrimination is Good Business” to help small business owners understand their responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws. Continue reading

Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, and help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the City, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading