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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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

  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 …

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

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

  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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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 …

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

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

  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 …

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

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

  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 …

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

EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination

  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 "EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination"