Amazon Driver Background Checks Unfair, Advocates Say

By Matthew Guarnaccia (October 13, 2016, 1:51 PM EDT) --'s new policy requiring delivery companies contracting with the online retailer to perform more stringent criminal background checks on drivers resulted in the discriminatory firing of numerous black and Latino employees, a legal advocacy group said in a letter Wednesday.

Boston-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice said in its letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that the new policy mostly affects minorities by not considering their past performance at their jobs and only taking into account their previous interactions with the legal system. The committee said in the Boston area alone, delivery companies terminated approximately 30 to 40...

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