A settlement between BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that requires BMW to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to spurned applicants was approved by a South Carolina federal judge Tuesday, ending the agency's bias suit over BMW's criminal background checks.
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission pushed a South Carolina federal judge Friday to separate the background check race bias suit against BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC into two parts — a liability finding stage and relief stage for its claimants.
A South Carolina federal judge denied competing motions for summary judgment in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's background check race bias suit against BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC, saying there are still issues of material fact that need to be resolved.
BMW Manufacturing Co. argued Friday that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's suit claiming its background check policy has a racial bias is too flawed to warrant reaching the joint employer question, adding that the Fourth Circuit has held BMW isn't the employer of the workers who allegedly faced discrimination.
BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC has accused the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission of attempting to evade questions about its investigation into criminal background checks that the agency claims disproportionately affected the carmaker's black employees.
BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC on Thursday countered the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's argument against dismissal of its suit accusing the automaker of conducting racially biased employment screenings, telling a South Carolina federal court that the agency has misconstrued the nature of the background checks.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday that an interrogatory a magistrate judge said amounted to 724 questions was a single inquiry, asking the South Carolina federal court overseeing a background check bias suit to force a "complete" response from BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC.
BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC urged a South Carolina federal court Monday to dismiss a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission race bias case, arguing that the agency's "flawed" statistical calculations can't establish that BMW's criminal background screen had a disparate impact on black workers.
A South Carolina federal magistrate on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's bid in a background check race bias case to force BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC to give a "complete answer" to a question about a spreadsheet allegedly so complex it violated a limit on discovery queries.
BMW Manufacturing Co. told a South Carolina federal court Thursday that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's background check expert didn't offer enough evidence to show the practice had a racial bias, as both parties moved for summary judgment in the EEOC's discrimination suit.