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BMW Settles with the EEOC for a Hefty $1.6M

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One of the high profile class action cases we’ve been tracking in the wake of the EEOC enforcement guidance on criminal background records in 2012 has just settled. BMW has agreed to pay out $1,600,000 to claimants and offer to rehire the 56 plaintiffs in the case brought by the EEOC. The claimants sued BMW in June of 2013, alleging race discrimination in its hiring practices—specifically its use of criminal background checks. Those individuals, if rehired, must be reinstated without any loss of seniority, and will be given credit for increases in rank, wages and benefits over the time period of the case.

The consent decree is a 3 year agreement, and it applies to hiring at Defendant’s Facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. It includes contractors hired by third parties referred in the decree as “Logistics Labor Providers.” You can read the full text of the decree here.

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