Seattle Ban the Box Ordinance Limiting Use of Criminal Records by Employers Takes Effect November 1

Starting November 1, 2013, employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that limits the use criminal history records by employers for employment screening during the initial hiring process. The text of Ordinance 124201, which creates a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of Criminal History …

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EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal …

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Court of Appeals Upholds Award of 750000 Dollars Against EEOC in Background Check Discrimination Suit

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the award of $751,942 in fees and costs to Peoplemark, Inc. against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after the company refuted the EEOC’s claim that they allegedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by having a “blanket policy” …

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EEOC Background Check Lawsuit Dismissed by Court Based On Unreliable Expert Reports

In a Memorandum Opinion issued in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Freeman, Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a lawsuit brought by the EEOC alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman, Inc. “unlawfully relied upon credit and criminal background checks that caused a …

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Attorneys General from Nine States Send Letter to EEOC Expressing Concern about Background Check Ban

The Attorneys General from nine states – Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia – have sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) expressing concern about two recent lawsuits filed by the EEOC against companies that use criminal background checks when hiring new employees. The signed …

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FBI Background Checks for Employment Containing Inaccurate Information Can Cost Applicants Jobs

Employers that use Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal databases to background check job applicants could be basing employment decisions on inaccurate information that can cost applicants job opportunities, according to an article in The Washington Post available at http://wapo.st/17cC0Kn.

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EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Focuses on Employment Discrimination during Background Checks

In April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – voted to update the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The updated Guidance, which focuses on employment …

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EEOC Chair Says Criminal Background Checks by Employers Not Banned

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to the June 15, 2013 article ‘Banning Background Checks,’ Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), denied the article’s suggestion that the EEOC believes criminal background checks by employers are “racist” and that the agency wants to ban the practice. The …

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EEOC Sends Message to Employers that Criminal Records of Job Applicants Must Be Used Carefully

In the Wall Street Journal article ‘Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been delivering the same message to employers since the 1980s: “Criminal records need to be used carefully, not with brute force, …

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Lawsuits against Two Employers for Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two employers alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background check policy that resulted in employees being fired or screened out for employment. A press release about the lawsuits – the first enforcement action against …

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