Tag Archives: discrimination

Statistical Analysis of Online Ads for Internet Data Broker Website Uncovers Possible Racial Profiling

A Harvard University professor who ran a statistical analysis of online ads used by an Internet data broker website that suggested certain names may have arrest records uncovered what she described as possible racial profiling when she found the company’s advertising “disproportionately” used the word “arrested” for black-identifying names even when a person had no arrest record, according to the Huffington Post. The story is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/25/racial-profiling-online-ads_n_2186409.html. Continue reading

EEOC Performance and Accountability Report Under New Strategic Plan Shows Record High Monetary Recoveries for Discrimination Victims

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced record high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 – more than $365 million – in its first Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) compiled under the standards of the EEOC’s new Strategic Plan. The PAR for FY 2012 is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/upload/2012par.pdf.  An EEOC press release detailing the PAR findings, which also include a significant decrease in the inventory of pending cases, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/11-19-12.cfm. Continue reading

Election 2012 Finds Nearly 6 Million Americans with Felony Convictions Unable To Vote

Most American adults are urged to vote on Election Day. However, many U.S. citizens are unable to vote. Approximately 5.8 million Americans have lost their right to vote in the 2012 Election due to a felony conviction and four states – Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia – permanently disenfranchise ex-felons, according to the civil rights organization Advancement Project. The full story is available at: http://www.advancementproject.org/news/entry/states-deny-millions-of-ex-felons-voting-rights. Continue reading

Ban the Box Policies Removing Questions about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreading in US

Two new reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal that 42 cities and counties and seven states in the U.S. have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions about criminal history from job application forms and delay them until later in the hiring process to ensure that qualified job applicants with arrest or conviction records are not unfairly shut out from employment opportunities. A press release from NELP – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers – is available at: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2012/PR-Ban-the-Box-Momentum.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

EEOC Alleges Criminal Background Check Policy of Discount Retailer Violates Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has alleged that the criminal background check policy of Dollar General Corp., one of the largest discount retailers in the U.S. with over 10,000 stores in 40 states, has a ‘disparate impact’ on African-American job candidates and employees and violates of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A full report on the story, a prime example of how criminal background checks by employers are coming under greater scrutiny by the EEOC, is available on the Nashville Business Journal website at: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2012/09/10/dollar-generals-use-of-criminal.html. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Presents Webinar on New EEOC Guidance at IHR Quality of Hire Event September 27

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of the updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will present a webinar, ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Event on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, which will help HR Professionals understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Practical-Steps-Employers-Can-Take-to-Comply-with-the-New-EEOC-Criminal-Guidance-147/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Employers Comply with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records

To help employers understand the updated U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen has written a new whitepaper, ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.’ The complimentary whitepaper from ESR is undergoing a controlled release and will be available to employers by emailing EEOCwhitepaper@esrcheck.com. Continue reading

Department of Labor Issues Training Letter to Job Banks on New EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Center (CRC), has issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) to public Job Banks and other “covered entities” on complying with nondiscrimination provisions that include new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal record restrictions and disparate impact based on race and national origin. The ‘TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 31-11’ is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=9230. Continue reading

Proposal would Delay Criminal Background Checks by Employers in Seattle until Later in Hiring Process

A proposal by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell would prevent most employers in the city of Seattle, Washington from denying jobs to job applicants based solely on their criminal history by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, according to a report from KOMO News Channel 4. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Enforcement Plan by September 18

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released a draft of the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) open for public comment until September 18, 2012.  The draft of the SEP, which will integrate all components of the EEOC’s private, public, and federal sector enforcement, is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep_public_draft.cfm. Continue reading