President Obama's administration is suing them for this practice claiming that it discriminates against black people.
The suit does not allege that it discriminates against white people with criminal convictions, however.
What will be the repercussions?
Companies do not like to hire those who have criminal records due to controlling shrinkage, but will this be another attempt to "redistribute wealth" by forcing a business to close down or move out of the country? Note at the end of the article is seeks to bar "future discrimination."
A federal agency filed a lawsuit against BMW Manufacturing, alleging the company discriminated against African-Americans in the hiring and firing process because of criminal background checks.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), BMW began working with a new logistics company in 2008 and when current employees re-applied to continue working for the new logistics provider, BMW discovered that 88 employees had conviction records, which violated the company’s policy.
BMW’s conviction policy at the time excluded from employment anyone with convictions of certain categories of crimes, regardless of the age of the conviction or making a distinction between felony and misdemeanor convictions, the EEOC said.
The 88 logistics employees were eventually fired and denied a job, 70 of whom were black and disproportionately disqualified from a job, the EEOC said.
The EEOC said BMW violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act with this hiring practice and is seeking lost wages and benefits, as well as reinstatement or front pay for the 69 claimants. The agency said it’s also seeking an order barring future discrimination and other injunctive relief.