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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White House Budget for FY 2018 Includes Proposal to Merge OFCCP into EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 23, 2017, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its proposed BUDGET OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT: A New Foundation For American Greatness for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that included in the Appendix of the proposed Department of Labor (DOL) budget a proposal …

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EEOC Discrimination Charge Filed Against Department Store Chain Over Criminal Background Check Policies and Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 15, 2017, employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge on behalf of The Fortune Society against Macy’s, Inc. claiming “the retailer’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of …

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EEOC Examines Current State of U.S. Workforce and Future Demand for Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where experts examined the current state of the workforce in the United States and what jobs may be in future demand, according to a press …

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

  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 …

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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 …

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Social Media Use in Workplace Raises Employment Discrimination Concerns

Written By Thomas Ahearn A panel of experts has told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the growing use of social media by employers, applicants, and employees in today’s workplace may implicate and impact the federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment that the EEOC enforces. A press release about the Social Media Commission …

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California Supreme Court Ruling on Discrimination Case Involving Mixed Motive May Impact Fair Employment and Housing Claims

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in a case – Harris v. City of Santa Monica – that involved the “mixed motive” theory where the employer has both legitimate and discriminatory reasons for job actions such as termination and discipline. The Court ruled an employer can defeat an employee’s …

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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 …

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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 …

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