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Outten & Golden LLP: Madison Square Garden Allegedly Violated Background Check Laws

Apr 26, 2017 / Press Release /
PRNewswire — Outten & Golden LLP Madison Square Garden (“MSG”), the world-famous entertainment venue, allegedly violated federal and state law with its background check practices in making hiring decisions, according to a complaint filed in New York State Court today by the Outten & Golden LLP law firm and Youth Represent . In a complaint filed in New York state court, MSG is accused of illegally running background checks on applicants and using them to deny job opportunities without providing sufficient and timely notification of MSG’s intent to use information contained in the...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Discrimination Charge Filed Against DHL in Background Check Dispute

Charge: Criminal History Policy Has Disparate Impact on African-Americans A former temporary employee at a DHL warehouse near Chicago alleges that the company ignores the criminal histories of less expensive temporary workers but runs criminal history checks on prospective permanent hires in violation of federal and state law, his lawyers at Outten & Golden LLP said today. Walter Pickett filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) office in Chicago today, his lawyers said. He is represented by attorneys Ossai Miazad and Christopher McNerney of Outten &...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Lyft, Inc. Accused of Violating Philadelphia "Ban the Box" Law

Mar 15, 2017 / Press Release
Lyft Inc., the national transportation network company, allegedly violated the City of Philadelphia's Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance with its background check practices, the Outten & Golden LLP and Willig, Williams & Davidson law firms said today. In a complaint filed with the City of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, Lyft is accused of rejecting a job application of Philadelphia resident Michael White in early 2016 based on information contained in background checks obtained from private "consumer reporting agencies" or CRA. Mr. White applied for a...
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Census Bureau’s $15M Hiring Bias Settlement OK’d

Sep 22, 2016 / Media Coverage /
The U.S. Census Bureau will pay $15 million to a class of “hundreds of thousands” of black and Latino job seekers who claim they were shut out of jobs for the 2010 census because of a flawed criminal history screening process, under a settlement given final approval by a federal judge in New York ( Gonzalez v. Pritzker , S.D.N.Y., No. 1:10-cv-03105, settlement approved 9/20/16 ). The agreement brings renewed attention to an issue targeted by federal civil rights enforcement authorities and the Obama administration—the difficulty job applicants with criminal records can have finding work. The...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Court Approves Landmark Settlement in Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action

Sep 21, 2016 / Press Release /
A New York federal court approved the settlement of a landmark class action in which African American and Latino job applicants alleged illegal background check policies and practices at the U.S. Census Bureau denied them access to more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. Adam Klein , the lead attorney for the plaintiffs and the head of the class action practice group at Outten & Golden LLP, said, “This historic settlement requires the Census Bureau to replace its arbitrary and racially discriminatory use of...
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Plaintiffs Attorney Says SEPTA Hiring Decision Affects Civil and Privacy Rights, Goes Against State Edicts

Aug 29, 2016 / News Item /
The use of background checks in making hiring decisions is facing increased scrutiny, according to the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in Long v. the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The plaintiffs in the Long case alleged that they were conditionally offered positions as SEPTA bus operators, subject to completion of a background check. As part of that process, the plaintiffs disclosed previous felony convictions for drug offenses. As a result, the plaintiffs claim, SEPTA withdrew the job offers. In the class action lawsuit filed in April in the U.S. District Court for...
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Plaintiffs Attorney Says SEPTA Hiring Decision Affects Civil and Privacy Rights, Goes Against State Edicts

The use of background checks in making hiring decisions is facing increased scrutiny, according to the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in Long v. the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The plaintiffs in the Long case alleged that they were conditionally offered positions as SEPTA bus operators, subject to completion of a background check. As part of that process, the plaintiffs disclosed previous felony convictions for drug offenses. As a result, the plaintiffs claim, SEPTA withdrew the job offers. In the class action lawsuit filed in April in the U.S. District Court for...
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Outten & Golden LLP: NAACP Beats Back Employers’ Attempt to Escape Litigation in Discrimination Class Action

Jul 25, 2016 / Press Release /
A New York state court ruled that information management giants NTT Data, Inc. and Philips Electronics North America Corp. will remain in a class action lawsuit alleging that major job search websites enable employers to illegally post job listings in New York City with blanket bans on applicants with felony convictions, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. Filed in June 2015, the class action brought by 14 New York metropolitan area branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Inc. (NAACP) targets employers that post allegedly illegal job listings...
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Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit against SEPTA one of rising number, attorney says

The recent federal class action lawsuit filed against Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other laws is one of many making those claims, an attorney knowledgeable of the FCRA said during a recent interview. "More and more class actions are popping up every day in this arena," Kathryn M. Rattigan, an associate with Robinson & Cole in Providence, R.I., said during a Pennsylvania Record email interview. "Private businesses and government alike should be aware of the FCRA’s requirements and stay up to speed on their...
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U.S. to Curb Queries on Criminal Histories of Government Job Seekers

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday will move to bar federal agencies from asking applicants for tens of thousands of government jobs about their criminal histories until the very end of the process. While checks of criminal histories have become routine in the public and private sectors, a regulation being proposed by the Obama administration would remove a barrier that discourages many freed prisoners from applying for jobs. The rule would prevent supervisors interviewing applicants for about half of all federal positions from asking about a job seeker’s criminal or credit history until...
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