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Bias Suit Seeks Change to Macy's Hiring Practices

May 18, 2017 / Media Coverage
Macy's was hit this week with a complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over allegations its background check policies to screen job applicants based on criminal history is discriminatory. The complaint, filed by Outten & Golden on behalf of the nonprofit Fortune Society, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by rejecting or terminating employees on the basis of their criminal histories, which they argue bears no relationship to an employee's ability to perform a job. "When employers use criminal history to make hiring decisions, they must comply with...
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Nonprofit: Macy's criminal background checks discriminate

May 18, 2017 / Media Coverage
A nonprofit organization that helps ex-prisoners says Macy's criminal background check policies used to screen job applicants violates federal discrimination laws. The Fortune Society made the charges against the department store in a complaint filed with The New York Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday. The social service organization says Macy's terminates employees and rejects otherwise qualified job applicants and employees because of their criminal histories. In a statement, the nonprofit's President and CEO, JoAnne Page, said "responsible corporate...
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Macy's Accused Of Bias With Background Checks At EEOC

May 17, 2017 / Media Coverage
Macy’s Inc. was hit with a charge at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a group that advocates for ex-inmates, which alleges the retailer's criminal background check policies are discriminatory, the group’s lawyers at Outten & Golden LLP said Wednesday. The Fortune Society, which works with ex-offenders to assist them in transitioning from incarceration to the outside world, filed an EEOC charge Monday against the retailer, saying the criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants lead to discrimination, according to a statement. The...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Discrimination Charge Filed by the Fortune Society Against Macy's in Background Check Dispute

May 17, 2017 / Press Release
Outten & Golden LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) charge on May 15, 2017 on behalf of The Fortune Society against Macy's, Inc., alleging that the retailer's criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of federal and local laws. Macy's, Inc. owns and operates more than 800 stores throughout the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's, Bloomingdales, Bloomingdale's Outlet, Macy's Backstage, and Bluemercury (collectively "Macy's"). It maintains executive offices in...
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