Lawsuit: Convenience store chain denied jobs to minority job applicants with criminal backgrounds

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  1. Galileo

    Galileo Well-Known Member

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    "The EEOC, an independent agency that enforces federal laws against workplace discrimination, is seeking to force Sheetz to offer jobs to applicants who were unlawfully denied employment and to provide back pay, retroactive seniority and other benefits.

    "The EEOC began its probe of the convenience store chain after two job applicants filed complaints alleging employment discrimination.

    "The agency found that Black job applicants were deemed to have failed the company's criminal history screening and were denied employment at a rate of 14.5%, while multiracial job seekers were turned away 13.5% of the time and Native Americans were denied at a rate of 13%.

    "By contrast, fewer than 8% of white applicants were refused employment because of a failed criminal background check, the EEOC's lawsuit said."
    https://www.post-gazette.com/busine...ation-lawsuit-minorities/stories/202404180129

    So denying jobs to applicants who couldn't pass a background check is discriminatory because a higher percentage of minority applicants had criminal histories....
     
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    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    as the number is only 14.5%, that means the other 85.5% of blacks with a criminal history were hired, sounds like this is a bogus claim of discrimination to me
     
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    Does not sound discriminatory to me, at least not on the part of those using background checks to hire. Is it possible the criminal histories were based upon racism when cops used their discretion? Perhaps. But that's not the hiring manager's fault.
     
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    If this pappens, can we do away with background checks for gun sales too?
     
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    Doubtful. I guess if you're black and can't buy a gun due a criminal history then you could sue the federal government for discrimination. But I don't think the Civil Rights Act says anything about that scenario.

    The Civil Rights Act does say something about employment practices having a disproportionately negative impact on minority groups (even when there is no intentional discrimination involved). Sheetz will need to prove that it was necessary to not hire people with criminal backgrounds. It seems that the EEOC thinks such people should be given a second chance:

    "EEOC Philadelphia District Office Director Jamie R. Williamson said, 'This highlights the significance of the observance of April as Second Chance Month, underscoring our nation's commitment to reintegrating individuals with criminal records into society by ensuring they have fair access to employment and other essential services. To that end, the EEOC is dedicated to making sure that individuals with criminal records are not unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities because of race.' "
    https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-sues-sheetz-inc-racially-discriminatory-hiring-practice
     
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    Someone doesn't get hired due to a criminal record and suddenly its about RACE? Wow....
     
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    Now why don't they do an investigation like that and see how many times black owned businesses deny White's jobs?

    Guarantee you it's a lot higher than that.
     
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    FatBack Well-Known Member

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    Evidently white people face problems too.

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    Hilarious!!!! Just the image most company's want to project to their customers!! LOLOL
     
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    It is certainly a problem- people get out of prison and are expected to support themselves, but arent afforded all the same rights as the rest of the citizenry. The Justice System really needs to be more of a Rehabilitation System. How that would be realiastically accomplished is problematic, but we could certainly do a lot better than we are. All adults allowed to freely be in public should be treated equally. Anyone 'too dangerous' to be treated like everyone else should not be free in public. The whole 'we're gonna let you out but with all these restrictions' only serves to incentivize felons to keep engaging in crime.
     

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