Archive for 'National Origin'

State Attorneys General Accuse EEOC of Going Too Far

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on September 3, 2013

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is under fire from the attorneys general in nine states because of its controversial stance on the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process.  Last year, the EEOC issued new enforcement guidance prohibiting employers from having blanket policies against hiring applicants with a criminal background.  The rationale is that […]

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I-9s – The Mandatory Form Some Employers Overlook

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on July 31, 2013

In the maze of state, federal, and local regulations, some obligations may simply be overlooked.  Although employers have been responsible for verifying all employees’ work eligibility since 1986, even some sophisticated employers have recently told us they are unfamiliar with their obligation to complete this process.  As the federal government ramps up enforcement efforts, if […]

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Are You Discriminating Against Ex-Cons?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on May 15, 2012

Refusing to hire ex-convicts may violate federal prohibitions against race and national origin discrimination, according to new enforcement guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Because black and Hispanic individuals are arrested and convicted at higher rates than other groups, the EEOC reasons that discrimination on the basis of a criminal background may have a […]

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EEOC Has Record-Setting Year

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on January 18, 2012

The Obama Administration may go down in history as the Administration of Enforcement: investigations of worker misclassification and wage and hour issues are way up.  Now we’re seeing it also applies to the civil rights arena. Last year was a record-setting year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  It received more charges than ever, resolved […]

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As published in the July 25, 2011 CT Law Tribune

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