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Macy's Criminal History Discrimination

On May 15, 2017, Outten & Golden, LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) charge on behalf of The Fortune Society (“Fortune”) against Macy’s, Inc. alleging that that the retailer’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq

Macy’s, Inc. owns and operates hundreds of stores under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage, and Bluemercury (collectively “Macy’s”).  Fortune contends that Macy’s’ practices result in otherwise qualified applicants and employees being denied job opportunities because of their criminal histories, which bear no relationship to their ability to perform the jobs sought.  The charge requests that the EEOC investigate Fortune’s claims against Macy’s on a class wide basis.

Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society is a nonprofit community-based organization with a mission to support the successful community reentry of individuals involved with the criminal justice system.  Through an array of critical programming, Fortune provides much needed reentry-related services—including job training and placement services—to approximately 6,500 people each year.

Applicants for employment at Macy’s, Bloomindale’s or Bluemercury who were denied employment and/or those employees who were terminated because of their criminal records may be eligible to participate in the EEOC investigation and any subsequent lawsuit.  If you believe that any of these retailers denied you employment or terminated your employment because of your criminal record, we would like to talk to you.  Contact us here or call us at 212-245-1000.  

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