Have you been denied a job by Walmart in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, due to the results of your criminal history background check?

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, hires thousands of new workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania each year. But according to a class action lawsuit filed by Outten & Golden LLP and Youth Represent, the retail giant also rejects many qualified applicants as part of a uniform hiring policy that disparately impacts Black and Hispanic candidates.

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The goals of the lawsuit are to change Walmart’s policies, so everyone has an equal opportunity to work, and to seek monetary compensation for Black and Hispanic applicants who were unfairly denied a job. The lawsuit claims that Walmart’s overly broad background checks fail to assess if convictions are job-related or consistent with its business needs, and they ignore evidence of rehabilitation and mitigating circumstances.

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