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SEPTA Background Checks Violate Federal and State Laws, According to Outten & Golden LLP and Co-Counsel

Apr 27, 2016 / Press Release /
PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK — A new federal lawsuit alleges Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) willfully violates federal and state laws when conducting criminal background checks of prospective employees, says Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of legal advocates. Filed in federal court in Philadelphia, 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. The lawsuit alleges SEPTA fails to comply with the...
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Rejected bus driver sues SEPTA over background checks

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage /
A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. The suit said that SEPTA routinely misuses criminal history information turned up in background checks to eliminate potential employees, even when the offenses happened long ago and are irrelevant to the job. SEPTA said it was looking into the lawsuit and had no immediate comment. The suit said SEPTA's background check and criminal histories violate federal employment laws. The suit comes as state, federal and...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Court Keeps Job Search Websites in Discrimination Class Action

Apr 12, 2016 / Press Release /
A New York state court ruled that the parent companies of three major job search websites will stay as defendants in a class action lawsuit alleging that employers use them 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 alleged-ly illegal job listings and their “enablers,” such as defendant...
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Do Not Apply: NAACP Sues Companies For Illegal Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders

Mar 18, 2016 / Media Coverage /
The NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches has filed a class action against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter to illegally post hundreds of job listings in New York with blanket bans on applicants with felony convictions. New York City law prohibits blanket rejections of applicants based on criminal history. The employers named in this Complaint exemplify the wide-range of companies engaged in this illegal practice and include large employers in the technology and information management industry like Philips, NTT Data and...
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Former Geo Group Employee Joins Suit Alleging Violations of Federal Background Check Law Adding New Claims Against the Nation's Second Largest For-Profit Prison Operator, According to Plaintiffs’ Legal Team

Dec 18, 2015 / Press Release /
A new Plaintiff and new claims have been added in the lawsuit against the Geo Group, Inc. (“Geo Group”), and Accurate Background, Inc. where Defendants are accused violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) during criminal and credit background checks, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced today. Filed in New York federal court, the nationwide class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of Plaintiffs Eric Keels and Sandra Inman. The suit originally alleged that Geo Group and Accurate Background, Inc. failed to comply with the FCRA’s notice requirements before taking adverse...
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Prison Operator GEO Accused of Fair Credit Act Breaches

Nov 3, 2015 / Media Coverage /
[Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 212 DLR A-1 (Nov. 3, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) .] A private company that operates prisons, and a consumer background reporting firm are violating federal and state fair credit laws by not providing job applicants with timely notice of reports including criminal histories that are used to deny them employment, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ( Keels v. GEO Grp. Inc. , E.D.N.Y., No. 15-6261, 10/30/15). The proposed class action...
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Geo Group Sued for Allegedly Violating Federal Background Check Law, According to Job Applicant’s Legal Team

Nov 2, 2015 / Press Release /
The Geo Group, Inc. (“Geo Group”), and Accurate Background, Inc. are accused in a new federal lawsuit of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) during criminal background checks of Geo Group job applicants, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced today. Filed in New York federal court, the nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Eric Keels, and all similarly situated applicants for employment with Geo Group, alleges that Geo Group and Accurate Background, Inc. failed to comply with the FCRA’s notice requirements before taking adverse actions against job...
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Ex-offenders still face illegal discrimination

Jul 11, 2015 / Media Coverage /
When Mayor de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act this month, New York took a welcome step forward. The new law prohibits employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history before they have made a conditional offer. It bans the box — “check here if you have been convicted of a crime” — that is a symbol of permanent unemployment for so many. It does not prohibit employers from taking that history into consideration. It does, however, make sure that every job seeker gets a fair shot first. With this law, New York City is beginning to face its history of allowing employers to...
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U.S. Lawsuit Claims Companies Illegally Refused to Hire Ex-Cons

Jun 25, 2015 / Media Coverage /
Dozens of companies using recruiting websites violated New York City law by refusing to hire anyone with a felony record, affecting mostly black people, according to a lawsuit filed by the NAACP on Thursday. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued a class of companies it said were breaking city and state laws that bar businesses from refusing to consider former convicts for jobs. The lawsuit was filed in state court in Manhattan. Since New York's prison population was more than half black, the lawsuit argued, such policies served to keep many black people out of...
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Outten and Golden files criminal conviction suit on behalf of NAACP

Jun 25, 2015 / Press Release /
NAACP Files Suit Against a Class of New York Employers for Their Illegal Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders Employers Are Using Leading Job Search Sites to Post Job Listings with Illegal “Ex-Offenders Need Not Apply” Blanket Bans on Applicants with Felony Convictions The NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches today filed a class action against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter to illegally post hundreds of job listings in New York with blanket bans on applicants with felony convictions. New York City law prohibits blanket...
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