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Charges Of Racial Discrimination In Census Hiring

Apr 14, 2010 / Media Coverage
Several groups have sued the The U.S. Census Bureau for discriminating as it hires workers for the 2010 survey. According to The Wall Street Journal , “In the suit, job applicants claimed the Census Bureau was unlawfully screening out minorities by requiring all applicants to provide court documents related to an arrest, whether or not it resulted in a conviction.” If true, it would mean that the Census Bureau has used a simple slight of hand to keep out workers based on race. Court records are easy for the federal government to collect. The improving unemployment numbers in March were helped...
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Phila. Woman at Center of Census Lawsuit

Apr 14, 2010 / Media Coverage
Paying $17.75 an hour, U.S. Census jobs, though temporary, are attractive in an economy where unemployment is stuck at 9.7 percent. But the Census Bureau's screening policies, designed to safeguard the public, end up discriminating against minorities, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. That's because the bureau has set up an "arbitrary barrier to employment" for any person with an arrest record, "no matter how trivial or disconnected from the requirements of the job," the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan , says. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is named as the defendant. The national...
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U.S. Census Bureau Sued for Hiring Discrimination, According to Outten & Golden LLP and Co-Counsel

Apr 13, 2010 / Press Release
NEW YORK, April 13, 2010 — Thousands of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans have been rejected for jobs by the U.S. Census Bureau during the federal government’s massive hiring campaign for this year’s census because of systematic discrimination, according to a class action filed today in New York federal court. Filed on behalf of plaintiffs Eugene Johnson, 48, of New York, and Evelyn Houser, 68, of Philadelphia, by Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of leading public interest organizations, the suit is the first of its kind to be filed against a federal agency. The lawsuit...
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Census Bureau Faces Suit Over Race Bias In Hiring

Apr 13, 2010 / Media Coverage
Two job applicants launched a proposed class action Tuesday accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of unlawfully screening out all job seekers with arrest records, a policy they claim disproportionately affects blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. The plaintiffs, Eugene Johnson and Evelyn Houser, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that the hiring practices the Census Bureau used to hire more than 1 million temporary workers violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because black, Latino and Native American applicants are far more likely to have...
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