The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Wells Fargo & Co. to settle allegations that it discriminated in hiring on the basis of sex and race. The Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that Wells Fargo (a federal contractor) had discriminated against 2,066 female applicants for positions as online customer service representatives in Glen Allen, Virginia, and Salt Lake City, Utah, and 282...read more
Randi Klein Hyatt
Target has quite the bill to pay. As a result of alleged discriminatory hiring practices, premised upon Target's use of criminal background screening in a manner that had a disproportionate impact on minorities, Target Corp. will pay $3.74 million, and give priority hiring opportunities to black and Latino job applicants, to resolve claims that its criminal background check policy illegally excluded thousands of minority applicants from employment...read more
Montgomery and Prince George's Counties join Baltimore City (and the District of Columbia) to now limit an employer's ability to inquire about an applicant's criminal history. This trend continues to grow, and very likely, will become Maryland state law sooner than later. Montgomery County Ordinance Effective January 1, 2015, most private employers with 15 or more full-time employees and that do business in Montgomery County may not inquire about...read more
Following in the footsteps of Baltimore and a number of other states and localities, the District of Columbia City Council recently approved a “ban the box” bill that prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional job offer. In a D.C.-specific wrinkle, the bill, known as the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 (“the Act”), must first be approved both by Mayor Vincent Gray...read more
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