A federal judge in Maryland has dealt a stinging blow to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s attempt to cast the use of pre-employment background checks as a discriminatory hiring practice. The EEOC maintains that criminal and credit background checks have a disparate impact on minority applicants, who comprise a disproportionate percentage of people with criminal histories or poor-credit records. However, Judge Roger W. Titus faulted the agency’s evidence, saying it would “condemn the use of common sense” to let the case against Dallas-based convention coordinating company Freeman proceed in U.S. District Court.
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