Screening News Update: Chicago School Checks | Bank Wins Appeal | McDonald's FCRA Suit [Video]
- Chicago Schools Ban Employees After Fresh Round of Background Checks
- Federal Appeals Court says Bank Practices Do Not Discriminate
- Watch-out Ronald McDonald… The Latest FCRA Suit is Headed Your Way
Chicago Schools Ban Employees After Fresh Round of Background Checks
A report published by the Chicago Tribune at the beginning of the summer exposed a horrifyingly long list of children being sexually assaulted or abused inside the city’s public schools. Many of the assailants had criminal records yet were still employed and allowed access to the students. The list of perpetrators included award-winning teachers, counselors, coaches and even two deans. Once the abuse was made public, the school system admitted that they did pre-employment background checks, but never did any follow-up. This year, all 45,000 employees were supposed to have fresh checks performed. The vast majority of the checks came back clear, but 60 employees have been barred from returning to the classroom. Nearly 250 more have refused to submit their fingerprints. They won’t be returning either. The checks also looked at vendors and volunteers and cost the district more than $3 million.
Federal Appeals Court says Bank Practices Do Not Discriminate
Wells Fargo beat a lawsuit that accused the bank of wrongdoing simply because it followed the letter of the law. A federal provision known as Section 19 bars any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust from working in an institution that is insured by the FDIC. Banks can be fined up to $1 million a day if they don’t comply. Still, a lawsuit was filed claiming following this rule left African-Americans and Latinos without a job twice as often as non-minorities. The appeals court recognized there was disparate impact caused by the policy but pointed out that the bank did not discriminate because it terminated anyone who violated Section 19 regardless of their race, age or ethnicity.
Watch-out Ronald McDonald… The Latest FCRA Suit is Headed Your Way
McDonald’s is the latest giant to be faced with a lawsuit over background checks. A class action has been filed in Florida that alleges the ubiquitous fast food chain is violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to use the proper disclosure and authorizations before conducting background checks on job applicants. Lead plaintiff Danny O’Neill claims he had no idea McDonald’s planned to pull a consumer report on him because the information was hidden in a bunch of distracting information. Remember, the FCRA requires authorizations and disclosures to be clear and conspicuous, stand-alone documents. Attorneys hope to take this suit nationwide. We’ll keep you posted.