Federal Court Dismisses EEOC Background Check Disparate Impact Lawsuit

Federal Court Dismisses EEOC Background Check Disparate Impact Lawsuit

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On August 9, 2013, a Maryland federal district court judge dismissed the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Title VII disparate impact lawsuit against Freeman without trial. The lawsuit was over supposed discriminatory background checks and was dismissed due to discrepancies in the EEOC’s expert report. However, the court understood and acknowledged the business purposes […]

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Flurry of New Employment Laws Regulating Use of Criminal Records Continues with Expanded Restrictions in IN, NC, TX and Buffalo, NY

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Released in April 2012, the updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance specifies public policy interests for protecting the employment of ex-offenders in the workplace under “Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963.” Minnesota recently passed its own “Ban the Box” law […]

Seattle Limits Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

Seattle Limits Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

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As of November 1, 2013, Seattle, Washington will regulate inquiries into criminal records and their use for employment purposes. The Seattle City Council adopted council Bill 117796 (the Ordinance) in June 2013. Employers with Seattle operations should review the Ordinance and its prohibitions. In addition, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two separate impact […]

11 Best Practices to Help Meet the Updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This update impacts employers that conduct criminal background checks. While criminal background checks are still permitted and remain a valuable tool in hiring the […]

9 Auditing Musts to Help Background Screening Programs Comply with the Updated EEOC Guidance

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While criminal background checks remain an important part of the employment screening process, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on how employers should use criminal records in employment decisions. As a result, employers should review their current background screening programs to ensure alignment with the new guidelines. Employers that fail to […]