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EEOC Sues Employers for Using Criminal Background Checks

In two lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on June 11, the agency accused two large employers of using criminal background checks to illegally discriminate against black workers. On the same day, the EEOC filed suit in South Carolina against BMW and in Chicago against Dollar General, alleging that the companies, by requiring contracted employees and prospective employees to submit to criminal background checks, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against race discrimination.  …

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Posted 1 year ago in Your Job & The Law by Larry Bodine  
Ways to Gracefully Answer Illegal Interview Questions

The U.S. News & World Report article “How to Dance Around Illegal Interview Questions” by Arnie Fertig provides tips on successful job interviews. The article in the excerpted portion below provides the following advice for responding, when an employer asks illegal questions: Larry Bodine, editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com, offers two alternative approaches to deal with the situation: Respond with a question of your own. “That’s an interesting question. I’ve never been asked that in a job interview. Can you tell me …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment Your Job & The Law by Josh Crank  
Resort Company Sued for Firing Older Workers

A hotel and resort company has been sued for discrimination by four former employees who allege they were fired because a recently installed executive felt they were too old. Phyllis Berman, 64, Virginia Hameister, 66, Jim Helget, 66 and Sandra Woodford, 72, were terminated earlier this year from Kahler Properties, which operates a group of hotels in Rochester, Minn. Kahler Properties is owned by Virginia-based Interstate Hotels and Resorts Inc., the named defendant in the suit. Interstate’s acquisition of the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Record $240M Award for Abuse of Disabled Workers Slashed to $1.6M

A jury verdict earlier this month to mentally disabled workers who were abused and forced to live in a “house of horrors” has been drastically slashed after trial. A federal law that limits damages will cut the jury’s award from $240 million to $1.6 million. After deciding that Texas-based turkey processing plant Henry’s Turkey Service subjected the workers to abuse, discrimination and physical punishment at home and at work, the jury awarded $7.5 million to each of the 32 workers. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
$240M to Disabled Workers Abused in Company’s ‘House Of Horrors’

A turkey processing company has been ordered by a jury to pay a whopping $240 million for paying mentally disabled workers 41 cents per hour and housing them in a rodent-infested “house of horrors.” The award will be divided evenly among 32 mentally disabled workers who worked for Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. The lawsuit alleged the company violated federal law protecting workers with disabilities and that the men were abused, harshly disciplined, including being kicked in the groin, …

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