The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday accused two major companies of indirectly discriminating against African Americans by using criminal background checks to screen out workers.
The commission said BMW effectively fired 70 black employees
with criminal histories from a facility in South Carolina, even though
many had been there for years. One woman with 14 years under her belt
was let go after a misdemeanor conviction surfaced that was more than 20
years old and carried a $137 fine, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit. [Read more]