EEOC & FCRA

LinkedIn Shakes off the EEOC
LinkedIn Shakes off the EEOC

Last fall four plaintiffs pushed LinkedIn into the spotlight, claiming the online networking site was operating as a consumer reporting agency (a background screening company) and was in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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Closer Look: FCRA – Employers’ Win, Lose, and Draw
Closer Look: FCRA – Employers’ Win, Lose, and Draw

Our Closer Look articles offer an in-depth analysis of background screening topics currently affecting employers. FCRA continues to a topic of keen interest. In the past few days, three notable events have come to light in the world of employers, their background screening programs, and the FCRA. (The FCRA is the federal law that governs background screening for employment purposes.)

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Apple Bans Ex-Offenders from Building Site
Apple Bans Ex-Offenders from Building Site

It’s no secret that privacy is one of Apple’s top priorities. Just try to get a look at the “next big thing” and see how far you get! The press, competitors… everyone is kept at more than arms-length. But do the people laying the concrete and rebar for their new office space pose some kind of threat? Someone seems to think so.

Kmart Settles EEOC Lawsuit over Drug Testing
Kmart Settles EEOC Lawsuit over Drug Testing

Late last year, Kmart agreed to pay $102,048 to settle a lawsuit that accused managers of discriminating against a job applicant during the drug testing phase of the hiring process.  This case highlights important issues for any employer that uses drug testing.

Breaking: Appeals Court Judge Slams EEOC “Expert”
Breaking: Appeals Court Judge Slams EEOC “Expert”

For those of us without law degrees, court decisions are rarely an interesting read. That is not the case, however, with the recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding EEOC v. Freeman. Not only did the three appellate judges decide to affirm the district court’s decision to throw out testimony from the EEOC’s expert Kevin Murphy, but they also affirmed the decision to grant summary judgment to Freeman. Judge G. Steven Agee even went out of his way to slap down the Commission and its so-called expert.

The EEOC Faces SCOTUS
The EEOC Faces SCOTUS

Mach Mining v. EEOC had its day before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue at hand is a complicated one, but one that could affect employers across the country.

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