“Don’t Mess with Texas”…Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

The U.S. court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt the EEOC a major blow in regards to their 2012 “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment under Title VII”.  On June 27, 2016 the court remanded back to the district court the case that was dismissed in 2014.  In…

Louisiana Becomes the 24th State to Adopt “Ban the Box”

Louisiana has become one of 24 states that have now passed “ban the box” legislation, meaning that job applicants will be evaluated based on skills and interview conversations (rather than just a checkmark).  Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Wednesday prohibiting state employer from inquiring about applicants’ previous criminal activity before they are…

Ban the Box, Fan the Flames

Employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace for all of their employees. They also have a responsibility not to discriminate when hiring. But now employers are dealing with a new issue that affects both their ability to hire qualified applicants and maintain a discrimination free hiring process. “Ban the Box” is a campaign…

New York Trying To Ban Credit Reports

A group in New York is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to support a bill that would ban the use of credit reports in making an employment decision. The NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment claims that “Despite the widespread use of employment credit checks, there is no empirical evidence that the reviewing…

New York Trying To Ban Credit Reports

A group in New York is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to support a bill that would ban the use of credit reports in making an employment decision. The NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment claims that “Despite the widespread use of employment credit checks, there is no empirical evidence that the reviewing…

EEOC Case Dismissed against Kaplan Higher Education

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was dealt a huge blow with the dismissal of its claim against Kaplan Higher Education Corp. The EEOC alleged that Kaplan violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by considering applicants’ credit history in making an employment decision. The decision handed down by the U.S. Courts of Appeals…

EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

Score one for the employer! Last week U.S. District Court of Maryland Judge Roger Titus granted Freeman’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case of EEOC vs. Freeman. Freeman, a leading integrated marketing solutions provider was slapped with a lawsuit by the EEOC back in 2009. The EEOC claimed that Freeman discriminated against African…