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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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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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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Job Search Site Will Not Post Jobs from Employers that Discriminate against People with Criminal Backgrounds

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 4, 2017, job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with a criminal record a fair chance” by updating its Terms of Use to prevent employers from posting jobs that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act …

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EEOC Sues Con Edison for Allegedly Requiring Job Applicants to Submit to Medical Exams and Provide Genetic Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 27, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – filed a complaint against Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Edison or Con Ed) that “accused the utility of improperly requiring job applicants to submit to medical examinations …

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Webinar Shows Employers What Steps to Take to Comply with EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar sponsored by Clear Law Institute entitled “Practical Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance” on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM ET.

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EEOC Claims Janitorial Service Deterred African-American Applicants with Criminal Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit that claims janitorial service provider Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC deterred African-American applicants by emphasizing the company performed criminal background checks, according to an EEOC press release.

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