May 2, 2018Published Article

Flotte quoted in “Bullseye on Hiring Bias”

Human Resource Executive

Partner Sarah Flotte was quoted in Human Resource Executive’s article, “Bullseye on Hiring Bias” on May 2, 2018.

“After coming under fire for what critics said was racially biased hiring practices, Target Corp. recently agreed to pay out nearly $4 million and to re-examine how it utilizes criminal-background screening.

A judge signed off on the settlement April 5 in a class-action lawsuit led by individuals with criminal records who were denied employment by Target, an agreement that also addressed a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Sweeping exclusions for applicants with criminal records are common, says Sarah Flotte, a partner with Michael Best. Such approaches are at odds with the EEOC’s recommendations regarding the need for individual assessments when it comes to candidates with a criminal history. “That’s not necessarily because companies are trying to evade the EEOC’s guidance,” she says, “but rather, because the guidance is very confusing.”’

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