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Census Settles Hiring Lawsuit Over Criminal Records

Apr 19, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Census Bureau has reached a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against black and Latino workers who had criminal histories. Outten & Golden LLP attorneys, with co-counsel, represent the plaintiffs. According to the complaint, which was filed in 2010, Census gave applicants flagged for having criminal histories 30 days to provide paperwork explaining their record. Gathering that paperwork was "a literal impossibility" for thousands of those applicants, according to Adam Klein , an attorney at Outten & Golden, which, along with attorneys...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Landmark Settlement Reached in Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action

Apr 19, 2016 / Press Release
NEW YORK — Penny Pritzker, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has entered into a landmark class action settlement with African American and Latino plaintiffs whose applications for more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census were rejected by the Census Bureau’s flawed screening process and an often inaccurate and incomplete FBI arrest and convictions database to pass over job applicants who may have been fully qualified for the jobs, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. During six years of hard-fought litigation, the plaintiffs asserted that...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Latino Claims Added to U.S. Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action

Oct 9, 2014 / Press Release
A New York federal court has approved the addition of Latino applicants to a previously certified class action lawsuit alleging the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screened out hundreds of thousands of minorities from temporary jobs for the 2010 census, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas ruled on Oct. 2 that an estimated 200,000 Latino applicants may be added to the already certified class of approximately 250,000 African American applicants. The unprecedented lawsuit, pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, alleges that the...
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Class-Action Suit Can Proceed Against Census

Jul 4, 2014 / Media Coverage
A United States magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York certified a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday against the Department of Commerce, which alleges that the Census Bureau’s use of criminal background checks for part-time workers unlawfully screened out 250,000 African-American applicants. The plaintiffs said the bureau gave applicants with criminal records 30 days to provide court records detailing their criminal history, a request they contend is in violation of federal civil-rights protections. Adam Klein , the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, said that many of them had...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Court Certifies U.S. Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action

Jul 1, 2014 / Press Release
NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 — On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Right Act of 1964, a class action lawsuit alleging the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screened out approximately 250,000 African-Americans from temporary jobs for the 2010 census was certified by a New York federal court, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas’ 61-page opinion rendered yesterday afternoon ensures that the unprecedented lawsuit, pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will go forward as a class action on behalf of African-...
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Growing Use of FBI Screens Raises Concerns about Accuracy, Racial Bias

Jul 29, 2013 / Media Coverage
Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination. Many of the FBI’s records list only arrests and not the outcomes of those cases, such as convictions. Consumer groups say that missing information often results in job applicants who are wrongfully rejected. A lawsuit filed against the Commerce Department by minorities alleges that the use of incomplete databases means that African Americans and Hispanics are denied work in disproportionate...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Certification Sought for U.S. Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action

Jul 1, 2013 / Press Release
NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 — A class action lawsuit alleging the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screened out hundreds of thousands of African Americans and Latinos from temporary jobs for the 2010 census is closer to federal court certification, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel said today. On Friday, the legal team for the eight named plaintiffs in the case filed a motion for class certification in New York federal court. In March 2012, the court denied the Government's request to dismiss the class action allegations in the unprecedented lawsuit, pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights...
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Class Cert. Sought In Race Bias Suit Over Census Hiring

Jul 1, 2013 / Media Coverage
Plaintiffs accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of unlawfully screening out minority job candidates for temporary posts by considering arrest records in the hiring process asked a New York federal judge on Friday to certify their case as a class action. The eight named plaintiffs in the suit filed a motion asking the court to certify a class of African-American and Latino applicants who applied to the bureau for temporary employment during the 2010 decennial census, when the agency was hiring more than one million temporary workers, and were harmed by the policies the lawsuit challenges. The suit...
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Census Bureau Hiring Discrimination Case to Proceed on Behalf of Class, According to Job Applicants’ Legal Team

Apr 4, 2012 / Press Release
NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 — A New York federal court ruled that a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screens job applicants with arrest records – regardless of whether they were charged, prosecuted or convicted – can proceed on behalf of a class of job applicants, Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel announced today. In rendering a 42-page opinion , the court rejected a barrage of procedural arguments, at least five in number, raised by the U.S. Department of Justice which sought to derail the case and limit it to the complaints of just the five individual plaintiffs. Instead...
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Class-action Suit Accuses Census Bureau of Bias in Job Screening

Aug 20, 2010 / Media Coverage
Precious Daniels was upset with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for its stance on health-care legislation last year, so she decided to demonstrate her anger with a peaceful protest. She blocked the doorway of the company's Detroit headquarters and got arrested for her trouble. Her husband paid the $50 bail, then she was released and told to appear for a court date on a disorderly conduct charge. When she did, the misdemeanor was dropped. The arresting officer apparently thought so little of the case that he didn't even file the paperwork. But the arrest means much more to the Census Bureau...
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