NAACP Pans Texas Suit Over EEOC Background Check Policy

Law360, Houston (May 22, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT) -- The NAACP asked a federal judge Thursday to allow it to wade into a lawsuit the state of Texas filed challenging the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance on criminal background checks, saying the state is undermining its residents' civil rights.

In a motion to intervene, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and Dallas resident Beverly Harrison argue that the state has no authority to void the EEOC's guidance over employers' use of criminal screenings, which the state has ominously referred to as the "felon hiring rule."

The NAACP said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is leading the charge to...

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