$6 Million Settlement Announced in EEOC’s Criminal History Background Checks Litigation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s most recent litigation over an employer’s use of applicants’ criminal history ended last month with a $6 million settlement. The national employer must also hire a criminologist to develop a new criminal background check procedure. Criminal background checks that result in a disparate impact against minority workers have been the focus of multiple EEOC cases over the last decade. This case is a reminder for all employers to have an attorney review their pre-employment and hiring practices. In addition to the EEOC’s guidance, many states have their own laws regarding employer’s use of criminal history information. For details on best practice recommendations, keep reading here.