Screening News Update: Disparate Impact | Data Breach Settlement | India Sex Offender Registry [VIDEO]
- Furniture Giant Agrees to Change Screening Policies
- Uber Settlement with States Over Data Breach
- India to Begin Sex Offender Registry
Furniture Giant Agrees to Change Screening Policies
National furniture retailer, Rooms To Go, has reached an agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to change how they use criminal history information. A black applicant filed a complaint when the company pulled a job offer after seeing his criminal history. The applicant alleged he lost the job because of the company’s blanket exclusion of anyone with a criminal conviction. According to the EEOC’s 2012 Guidance, employers need to be acutely aware that such a policy will have disparate impact on minority applicants. Now that the agreement has been made, Room To Go will remove criminal history questions from their applications, hiring managers will not ask about convictions until later in the hiring process, and they will require an individual assessment for each applicant. HR staff will undergo training in these new procedures to help prevent implicit bias.
Uber Settlement with States Over Data Breach
The fact that Uber was the victim of a data breach isn’t really much of a story -- after all, what big company hasn’t been targeted these days? What got them into trouble was how they tried to deal with it. It turns out that after someone hacked 57 million user and driver profiles, the ride-sharing company tried to pay off the hackers. They gave them $100,000 to keep the story under wraps! This happened back in 2016. Last week Uber reached a settlement with all 50 states to pay $148 million for this blatant violation of the public’s trust. The company will also require Uber to implement and maintain robust data security practices, comply with all state law regarding data security and report any future incidents.
India to Begin Sex Offender Registry
Earlier this year, the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the most dangerous country to be a woman. According to their National Crime Records Bureau, in 2016 there was a rape in India every 13 minutes, and that number keeps going up. The outrageous number of sexual assaults against women and children is finally causing national outrage. The country is getting ready to roll out a National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO). As of right now, there are more than 440,000 convicted offenders on the list. Unlike the registry here in the US, this new database will only be accessible by law enforcement because some groups worry that the list would be a tool for corruption.