EEOC Sues 2 Employers over Criminal Background Checks; BUSINESS

By Hananel, Sam | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 12, 2013 | Go to article overview
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EEOC Sues 2 Employers over Criminal Background Checks; BUSINESS


Hananel, Sam, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


WASHINGTON * The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

In both cases, the agency claims the practice discriminates against African-Americans, who have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.

The two lawsuits are the first since the agency issued revised guidelines last year to warn employers against using overly broad criminal checks. The commission says it wants to reduce barriers to employment for those with criminal records who "have been held accountable and paid their dues."

The EEOC alleges that BMW's policy affected dozens of employees working for a contractorin Spartanburg, S.C. The contractor's policy was not to employ anyone with a criminal record within the past seven years. When a new contractor took over the company, BMW ordered a new round of background checks and fired anyone with a criminal record from any year.

Of the 88 workers fired, 70 were black. Some had worked for BMW through the contractor for more than a decade, the EEOC alleged in a lawsuit filed in Spartanburg. The commission claims the BMW policy is a "blanket exclusion" without any regard for the nature and gravity of the crimes, how old they are, or whether they are relevant to the type of work being performed.

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