District Court Rulings Favor Kaplan Higher Education’s Case
May 4, 2012
I wanted to post a must-read article Rod Fliegel and Alex Frondorf from Littler Mendelson recently posted about the EEOC’s lawsuit against Kaplan Higher Education Corp. alleging that Kaplan violated their applicants’ Title VII rights by considering credit history information: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do:” EEOC Required to Provide Discovery of Its Employment Practices”. We are proud to know that this case is being defended by our attorney, Pam Devata from Seyfarth Shaw and from what we can draw from this article, she is doing a masterful job. Here are the high points of Kaplan’s efforts thus far.
EEOC’s Use of Credit Reports
- Kaplan pointed out that the EEOC conducts credit reports on their applicants and asked the district court to compel the EEOC to produce their guidelines on how they use these reports.
- The EEOC argued that their practices have nothing to do with this case and shouldn’t be considered.
- The district court sided with Kaplan and instructed the EEOC to produce their guidelines.
Identity of the People Whom They Are Suing on Behalf of
- The EEOC refused to share the names of the people they are suing on behalf of and Kaplan asked the district court to compel them to do so.
- This EEOC tactic is similar to the one they employed in the PeopleMark case, where it was later found that the employees at issue were actually hired.
- Again, the district court ruled in favor of Kaplan
House Keeping Note on the EEOC
Having had a week to digest the EEOC’s most recent guidance on the use of criminal records, it has given me some time to reflect on what the EEOC is doing and perhaps why. Being able to step back and look at all sides here, I think it is important for me to turn down the rhetoric.
So here goes. I am absolutely against all forms of discrimination wherever they exist. I don’t believe anyone should be treated differently because of the color of their skin, their religion, their age, their sexual orientation, etc. That said, while I cannot speak for the entire marketplace, I suppose I am most frustrated because I believe that EmployeeScreenIQ and our clients are doing everything they can to ensure this doesn’t happen; be it disparate treatment or disparate impact.
And while I believe the EEOC mission is honorable, I am disappointed at times in the way they have acted over the last couple years. So here’s my promise. No more incendiary posts questioning the EEOC or their commissioners in a way that I would not were I sitting across the table from them. We’re going to continue pointing out what we think is wrong and advocate our positions with the same passion we always have (just nothing inflammatory).