6th Circ. OKs Fees In Botched EEOC Background Check Suit

Law360, New York (October 7, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Monday upheld an order requiring the U.S. Equal Employment Commission to cover the costs and fees Peoplemark Inc. incurred fighting the agency's discrimination lawsuit over a blanket background check policy it turned out the staffing company didn't actually have.

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court affirmed a Michigan federal court's order that the EEOC cough up nearly $752,000 to reimburse Peoplemark for its costs and fees, including the fees it paid to an expert.

The majority concluded that because the EEOC's...
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