EEOC Pans 'New' 6th Circ. Standard In Peoplemark Fee Fight

Law360, New York (January 7, 2014, 7:38 PM EST) -- A Sixth Circuit ruling that left the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the hook for fees and costs incurred by staffing agency Peoplemark Inc. while defending a race bias suit imposed a “stringent new pleading standard” on disparate-impact claims, the EEOC said in a rehearing bid Monday.

The EEOC lodged a petition for panel rehearing, or rehearing en banc, challenging a 2-1 decision from October that said a companywide background check policy with an allegedly discriminatory impact on black applicants didn't actually exist and upheld...
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