Suffolk County in New York Approves Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers to Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Suffolk County, New York legislature has approved the Restrict Information Regarding Salary and Earnings Act (“RISE” Act) that will ban questions by employers about the salary history of job applicants in order to narrow the gender pay gap that exists between men and women in the …

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Former Drivers for Amazon File Lawsuit Claiming Discriminatory Background Check Policy Caused Firings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2018, six black and Latino former drivers for Amazon filed a class action lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts that claimed the online retailing giant’s background check policy discriminated against them and allegedly caused them to be fired, according to a report from MassLive.com.

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EEOC Issues Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) which reported significant increases in outreach efforts and enforcement actions to prevent and remedy …

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Denton County TX to Pay $115,000 to Female Doctor in EEOC Equal Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that Denton County in Texas will pay $115,000 to a female former county doctor after a federal court ruled in favor of the EEOC in an equal …

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Court Rules in Criminal Background Check Case that States are Immune from Lawsuits Under FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 11, 2018, a ruling in the case of Pendergrass v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) where the Plaintiff claimed WMATA’s criminal background check policy was discriminatory found that states are immune from lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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Former Uber Driver Fired for Decades Old Criminal Record Files Federal Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Philadelphia resident who was fired from his job as a driver for Uber because of a criminal record from the 1980s that was found on a background check has filed a federal lawsuit that claims the transportation network company discriminated against him, according to a report …

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Furniture Retailer Reaches Agreement with EEOC to Revise Criminal Background Check Procedures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it reached an agreement with furniture retailer Rooms To Go to implement revised criminal background check policies to comply with Title VII of the Civil …

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EEOC Sues Kansas School District for Allegedly Violating Equal Pay Act by Paying Women and Men Unequally

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 filed a lawsuit that claims a Kansas school district violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by paying women and men unequally for doing a job with the …

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California Clarifies Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 18, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation, Assembly Bill 2282 (AB 2282), to clarify the state’s existing law – AB 168, which was signed into law in October 2017 – that prohibits inquiries by employers into the salary history information of job …

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Target to Pay $3.7 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Discriminatory Criminal Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Target Corporation has agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit to resolve allegations its overly broad and outdated criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants, according to a press release from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF).

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