Court Deems EEOC Allegations “Laughable” in Criminal Background Check Lawsuit
A district court rejected the EEOC’s lawsuit involving an employer’s use of criminal background checks during its hiring process. In the lawsuit, the EEOC claimed that Freeman’s use of criminal and credit background checks discriminated against African Americans. The EEOC’s claims were supported by expert reports. The court condemned the experts’ use of inadequate data, including use of a time period different from that claimed in the complaint, errors in facts, and use of the wrong pool to compare applicant hiring. The court described the case as a “theory in search of facts to support it” and granted Freeman’s motion for summary judgment.
EEOC v. Freeman, No. RWT 09cv2573 (D. Md. Aug. 9, 2013).