Background Checks Are Racially Discriminatory: Claim

Law360, New York (August 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A black woman who was denied a job as a food service worker at New York's Madison Square Garden after a background check found she had pled guilty to assault has filed a complaint alleging that the use of background checks in hiring decisions constitutes racial discrimination.

Carlene Clarke, 27, filed the complaint Thursday with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, alleging that relying on the criminal histories of applicants when making hiring decisions has a disparate impact on black people. The complaint states that it...
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