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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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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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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Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …

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Macy’s Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Discrimination Against Employee Fired for Having a Criminal Record

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Macy’s, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against job applicants and employees with criminal records and violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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EEOC Announces Kansas School District to Pay $11,250 to Settle Equal Pay Act Discrimination Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that a Kansas school district has agreed to pay $11,250 and provide other relief to settle an equal pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the …

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Maine Governor Signs Legislation to Promote Pay Equality by Discouraging Salary History Questions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2019 – her 100th day in office – Maine Governor Janet T. Mills signed legislation entitled L.D. 278 “An Act Regarding Pay Equality” to promote pay equality by discouraging employers from basing wages on an employee’s salary history, according to a press release on …

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New Jersey Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users May be Protected Under State Law Against Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 27, 2019, a New Jersey appellate court ruled in a lawsuit between a funeral home and a former employee diagnosed with cancer that employers cannot automatically fire medical marijuana users for failing a drug test since they may be protected under the state’s Law Against …

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North Carolina Bans Use of Salary History in State Government Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On Equal Pay Day held on April 2, 2019, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 93 directing state government agencies to ban the use of salary history in the hiring process to address the gender pay gap between men and woman, according to a …

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Trucking Company to Pay $250,000 to Settle EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit Over Driver Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 4, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that national trucking company JBS Carriers, Inc. would pay $250,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC.

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