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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 LLP and 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.
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.
Target Corp has agreed to pay $3.74 million and upgrade its hiring process to settle a lawsuit claiming its use of criminal background checks kept thousands of black and Hispanic job applicants from getting employment.
The preliminary settlement filed on Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan requires a judge’s approval.
It resolves claims that the Minneapolis-based retailer, which has performed background checks for employment in U.S. stores since 2001, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on race...
Target agreed on Thursday to revise guidelines for how it screens people seeking jobs at its stores, a step meant to quell complaints that the retailer discriminates against black and Hispanic applicants with criminal records that can include offenses too minor or old to affect their performance as employees.
The move comes in a labor market so tight that companies are hiring applicants they would not have considered before, including people who have criminal records or, in some cases, are still incarcerated.
Those pressing the complaints against Target said the agreement...
Target Corp. will pay $3.74 million and give priority hiring opportunities to some black and Latino job applicants to resolve charges that its criminal background check policy illegally excluded thousands of minorities from hourly and entry-level jobs.
The April 5 filing of the preliminary settlement comes the same day the company was sued in Manhattan federal court by the Fortune Society and two workers on behalf of a proposed nationwide class. The lawsuit alleges that Target’s practice of requiring disclosure of prior convictions and other criminal history on its job applications...
Target will give hiring preference to some of the more than 41,000 black and Latino applicants it previously denied jobs to because of their criminal histories and will pay nearly $3.75 million as part of a deal ending a proposed class suit challenging its background check policy, according to a document filed Thursday in New York federal court.
Named plaintiffs Carnella Times and Erving Smith moved the Southern District of New York on Thursday to approve the deal, which also requires Target to hire consultants to overhaul its background check system and give $600,000 to nonprofits...