Census Hiring Bias Class Lacks Commonality, Feds Say

Law360, New York (October 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Census Bureau fired back Monday in New York federal court against plaintiffs seeking class certification accusing the bureau of unlawfully screening out minority job candidates for temporary positions with the 2010 census by considering arrest records in the hiring process, saying the class lacks commonality.

The suit, filed in April 2010, claims that by using arrest records to screen out job applicants, the agency imported the huge disparities in arrest and conviction rates for African-Americans and Latinos into the Census Bureau’s hiring practices, setting...
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