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DOJ Settles Immigration Related Discrimination Claim Against Pizza Chain

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Department of  Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement agreement with Pizzerias, LLC that resolves the DOJ’s investigation into whether the pizza delivery chain based in Miami, Florida violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) with discrimination against work-authorized immigrants when checking their work authorization documents, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading

Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history may be improved with policy additions to support equal employment opportunity laws that help prevent racial discrimination. Continue reading

Philadelphia Wage Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160840, a Wage Equity Law that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. A copy of the law – which is slated to take effect May 23, 2017 – is at www.esrcheck.com/file/Philadelphia-Wage-Equity-Law.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns of the Enforcement and Litigation Statistics for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016, which was the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. The EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics are available at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/. Continue reading

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 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 – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

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