In Conciliation Agreement With EEOC, Employer Agrees To Rein in Criminal Background Checks

A logistics services company won’t be quite so free and easy about conducting criminal background checks of its workers anymore.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Wednesday that Schenker, Inc., a global leader in the field of contract logistics services, has agreed to pay $750,000 to conciliate several charges of discrimination filed with the commission.

Under the agreement, the company will change its criminal background check policy, making sure that background checks are no conducted on prospective employees until after an offer of employment is made.

“Moreover, criminal records will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with consideration given to the nature and gravity of the offense, the time elapsed, and the specifications of the position,” the EEOC announcement said.

The EEOC had issued a finding of reasonable cause that the company had violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, hindering the employment opportunities for African American and Hispanic applicants nationwide.

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