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Macy's discriminates against black and Latino job candidates by considering minor convictions, suit says

Jul 9, 2019 / News Item /
Macy's discriminates against black and Latino people by firing or refusing to hire people who have past criminal convictions, even if the violations were minor, old or wouldn't impede an employee's ability to do a job, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. The Fortune Society Inc., a nonprofit that helps people with criminal histories to find jobs and reintegrate in their communities, filed the suit in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Jenetta Rolfer on Wednesday. Rolfer, who is black, alleges in the suit that she was offered a job in the credit and customer service department at...
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New Lawsuit Alleges Macy’s Discriminates Against Black, Latino Employees in Its Hiring Practices

Jun 28, 2019 / Media Coverage /
If the allegations leveled against Macy’s in a recent lawsuit are true, the department store chain could be in serious trouble. NBC News reports that the Fortune Society Inc., a nonprofit that aids people with criminal records in securing employment and reintegrating into society, filed a lawsuit alleging Macy’s discriminates against black and brown employees. Specifically, Macy’s is being accused of either refusing to hire or terminating the employment of individuals with prior criminal convictions, regardless of the severity of their offense. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jenetta...
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Non-Profit Files Class Action Against Macy’s Over Policies Toward Job Applicants, Employees with Criminal Histories

Jun 27, 2019 / Media Coverage /
CASE UPDATE June 27, 2019 - Statement from Macy's In response to the lawsuit, Macy's Chief Diversity Officer Shawn Outler sent ClassAction.org the follow statement via email: "As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on pending litigation. Macy’s, Inc. is committed to an inclusive work culture that supports our company’s core values – Acceptance, Integrity, Respect and Giving Back. We believe we are strongest when all aspects of our business reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve. Company-wide, approximately 60% of our colleagues are ethnic minorities and...
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Macy’s Hit With Class Lawsuit Over Criminal History Checks

Jun 26, 2019 / News Item /
Macy’s Inc. illegally rejects job applicants, revokes job offers, and terminates employment based on old, minor, and unrelated criminal histories, a class action filed June 26 alleges. The retailer’s policies and practices “reinforce the racial discrimination present in the criminal justice system and result in unjustified racial disparities in employment opportunities,” it says. The complaint alleges violations of civil rights laws barring disparate impact discrimination, which focuses on neutral employment policies that have a disproportionately negative effect on workers based on race or...
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3rd Circ. Breathes New Life Into Job Applicants’ SEPTA Suit

Sep 11, 2018 / News Item /
Workers alleging they were improperly denied jobs due to the results of pre-employment background checks have standing to sue the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act for not providing them a copy of the reports before turning them down for jobs, the Third Circuit ruled Monday. In a precedential ruling, a three-judge panel upheld part of U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker’s April 2017 decision tossing an allegation that SEPTA failed to properly inform a trio of would-be SEPTA employees of their FCRA rights when they weren’t hired because of...
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Third Circuit Rules in Plaintiffs' Favor, According to Outten & Golden LLP and Co-Counsel

Sep 11, 2018 / Press Release /
The Third Circuit ruled yesterday that job applicants have standing to sue under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in a criminal history lawsuit brought by plaintiffs against their prospective employer, SEPTA, says Outten & Golden LLPand a coalition of legal advocates. Filed in federal court in Philadelphia in 2016, the class action accuses SEPTA, the nation's sixth-largest public transportation system, of routinely rejecting job applicants based on information contained in reports obtained from background check companies. In finding that Plaintiffs have standing to sue, the Third Circuit...
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3rd Circ. Urged To Revive SEPTA Background Check Suit

Dec 12, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments on Tuesday to revive class claims accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of failing to provide job applicants with a chance to respond to consumer reports detailing criminal histories that the agency said disqualified them from employment. Deeptak Guta, an attorney with Gupta Wessler PLLC representing the three lead plaintiffs in the case, argued that the trial court had created an insurmountable hurdle by requiring the would-be SEPTA workers to show that the reports, which they never received copies of, contained...
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Barclays Center Flouts ‘Criminal History’ Hiring Law, Suit Says

Aug 8, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, unlawfully denies employment to job seekers with criminal records without giving them required notice of their rights or a chance to explain their convictions, a proposed class of workers alleges ( Kelly v. Brooklyn Events Ctr., LLC , E.D.N.Y., No. 1:17-cv-04600, class complaint filed 8/4/17 ). The actions of Brooklyn Events Center LLC, which owns and operates the arena, and two companies that provide food services at the venue also violate laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race and national origin by improperly...
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NY Arena Sued For Nixing Job Offer Over Criminal Record

Aug 8, 2017 / Media Coverage /
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was hit on Friday with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that it uses a discriminatory criminal history screening policy that denies jobs to potential workers who are otherwise qualified applicants. Felipe Kelly filed a complaint in New York federal court against Barclays Center, Levy Premium Foodservice Limited Partnership and Levy’s subsidiary Professional Sports Catering LLC, saying that he was qualified for a job he sought with the companies, but his conditional employment offer was taken away based on criminal history revealed by a...
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