EEOC sues BMW, Dollar General over background checks
Written by NNPA News Service
The EEOC, run by Jacqueline Berrien, weighed in on background checks. (AP Photo/File)
by Freddie Allen
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, filed lawsuits against BMW and the discount retailer Dollar General alleging that the companies broad use of criminal background checks discriminate against Black applicants and employees.
According to the EEOC, BMW fired dozens of Black employees at one of its plants in South Carolina during “a transitional period” that required employees to re-apply for their jobs. A BMW contractor performed criminal background checks that exposed criminal convictions that prevented the employees from getting rehired. The Washington Post reported that 70 Black employees lost their jobs through the process.
“One woman with 14 years under her belt was let go after a misdemeanor conviction surfaced that was more than 20 years old and carried a $137 fine, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit,” the Washington Post reported.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 01:00
Tech Tips: Ways to improve online life, save money
Written by Associated Press
by Anick Jesdanun
AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — As the year began, I decided I would get serious about digital cleanup — to save money and improve my online life.
For a while, I had been putting off tasks such as backing up computer files and canceling the premium cable channels I never watch. Usually, I'd remember to do something while riding the bus, then soon forget. It took some discipline over a few months to get my digital life in order. As a result, I'm due to save more than $2,000 a year, money I can spend on a nice vacation.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 15:43
Dormont detail shop treats cars and trucks with TLC
Written by Diane I. Daniels - Courier Business Writer
A PLEASURE TO SERVE—Antoine Stribling, left, and William Sutherland of W.V.B. Car Wash and Detail Shop take pride in cleaning and detailing vehicles. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)
To William Sutherland and Antoine Stribling, driving clean and well-groomed vehicles is not important. What does matter to them is that their customers are driving clean vehicles inside and out. For the last eight years Sutherland has been washing and detailing vehicles from 111 Capital Ave. located off West Liberty Avenue in the Dormont section of Pittsburgh. “We take our craft very serious,” said Sutherland. “When you come to W.V.B. Car Wash and Detail Shop your car becomes our car and we treat it with care.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:28
Why Black business programs aren’t working
Written by Harry C. Alford
HARRY C. ALFORD
(NNPA)—Last week, I explained why we have Black business programs. The evolution of them from the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the cause for their existence. Title VI of the Act and along with U.S. Supreme Court decisions justifies their existence. The most frustrating thing about it is the fact that most of them don’t work too well. Our collective gains in the public and corporate marketplace have been little and slow in coming. If we had genuine efforts and very positive results after 49 years of law there would be no need for affirmative action and minority participation programs. In other words, there would be no more discrimination in the business marketplace. But unfortunately, racism still raises its ugly head.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 10:38
Business Calendar 6-12-13
Written by Courier Newsroom
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:25
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