Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

BMW hit with discrimination lawsuit from EEOC
CNN ^ | 6/11/13 | James O'Toole

Posted on 06/12/2013 9:41:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a lawsuit against BMW on Tuesday, alleging that one of its facilities in South Carolina adopted a criminal background check policy that led to a disproportionate impact on African-Americans.

According to the EEOC, BMW switched contractors at its South Carolina plant in 2008 and instructed employees of the old contractor who had been working at the site to reapply with the new firm. This new firm was instructed to conduct fresh criminal background checks on all applicants.

...The result was that out of 645 experienced employees, 88 were denied rehire, including 70 blacks, the commission claims. That means 80% of those turned away were black, despite blacks constituting only 55% of employees.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; cars; jobs; race
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last
In a separate case announced Tuesday, the EEOC filed a nationwide lawsuit against Dollar General (DG, Fortune 500) based on its policy of conditioning job offers on criminal background checks. This policy, the commission said, "results in a disparate impact against blacks."

Dollar General said it will "vigorously defend" against the suit.

1 posted on 06/12/2013 9:41:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

If the rules were equally applied, there is no case. Otherwise, BMW will pay.


2 posted on 06/12/2013 9:42:04 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds like a destined-to-fail lawsuit intended to gin-up turnout and contributions from the key Obama voting bloc.


3 posted on 06/12/2013 9:42:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cuban leaf

oh....and BMW, Thanks for choosing South Carolina over Mexicali! /sarc


4 posted on 06/12/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

55% of the employees at the plant were black? Seems to me BMW ought to get a commendation for hiring MORE than the population entails....

According to the Obama Census Ministry:
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45000.html
blacks only make up 28% of the population of South Carolina, which means BMW had an OVER-REPRESENTATION of black employees.


5 posted on 06/12/2013 9:44:00 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

“...despite blacks constituting only 55% of employees.”

55%!!!!! Looks to me like that other races need to be filing discrimination claims.


6 posted on 06/12/2013 9:44:52 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Non union plant, isn’t it.

My car came from there.


7 posted on 06/12/2013 9:45:06 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Elephant in the room—The fact that criminal background check policies have a disproportionate impact on African-Americans.

Maybe if African-Americans obeyed the law. . .


8 posted on 06/12/2013 9:45:42 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Effing fascist government!


9 posted on 06/12/2013 9:47:17 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Reminds me of the joke about the employer being told by gov’ment that 15% of his employees must be black so he fired several blacks. When questioned, he said that he was way over the 15% edict so he was meeting the requirements.


10 posted on 06/12/2013 9:47:19 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

“Statistically, blacks and Latinos face criminal convictions at a rate disproportionately greater than their representation in the population.”

Well, Duh! Maybe if they did not commit crimes disproportionately to their representation in the population there would be no problem! Again the law abiding are supposed to bend over for criminals because of racial background. What incentive is there for obeying the law? Damned if you do and rewarded if you don’t.


11 posted on 06/12/2013 9:47:25 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper
Good grief. An employer is hit with a discrimination lawsuit SOLELY because blacks disproportionately commit crimes, which result in 'disproportionate' criminal records?!

I must be on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty!

12 posted on 06/12/2013 9:47:29 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Bizzaro world.

What kind of impact do laws have then?


13 posted on 06/12/2013 9:49:10 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arm_Bears

What about the “marginalized” crackers in the NBA? Let’s send a pile of AA’s packing to we can even up the discrimination there.


14 posted on 06/12/2013 9:49:34 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Christie at the beach
Non union plant, isn’t it.

Non-union plant; Obama's EEOC attack dogs are suing. That CAN'T be a coincidence.

BTW, you citizens of South Carolina, how's that booming economy with that new Boeing assembly plant you didn't get thanks to Obama. You guys should be really p*ssed!

15 posted on 06/12/2013 9:49:40 AM PDT by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Arm_Bears
Elephant in the room—The fact that criminal background check policies have a disproportionate impact on African-Americans.

So-called "social justice" is to justice as social diseases are to the common cold.

16 posted on 06/12/2013 9:49:52 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

This is nothing more than the Federal Government forcing companies to hire black criminals.

We are a mini South Africa with Obama in the White House.

A white heterosexual male Christian is in trouble.


17 posted on 06/12/2013 9:49:56 AM PDT by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

19.7% of the Blacks were denied re-hire due to criminal records vs. 6% of non-blacks.

Sounds about right.


18 posted on 06/12/2013 9:50:50 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

“Criminal background check”??? OMG!!! How DARE they! /s


19 posted on 06/12/2013 9:54:14 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

These convicts were using up jobs that could have gone to deserving Unregistered Democrats.


20 posted on 06/12/2013 9:54:49 AM PDT by Cyman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tallguy
Non-union plant; Obama’s EEOC attack dogs are suing. That CAN'T be a coincidence.

So true. We live in Florida. I may buy another car made from a non union plant when this one needs replacing. I try to do right on things I believe in but it's hard to with so much crap going on in all businesses with this unpatriotic ruler.

21 posted on 06/12/2013 9:55:04 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper
This new firm was instructed to conduct fresh criminal background checks on all applicants.

They've gotta prove that a black with a particular record was turned down when a white with an identical record was hired.*That* could well be discrimination.Without such proof....no discrimination.

22 posted on 06/12/2013 9:55:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Accidental admission by big brother that a higher percentage of blacks are criminals.


23 posted on 06/12/2013 9:56:09 AM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Christie at the beach
I may buy another car made from a non union plant when this one needs replacing.

The last UAW made car I bought was in 1990.And that's due to a specific decision I made...UAW=Communist=not for me,thanks.

24 posted on 06/12/2013 9:58:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

So now it’s racist to make sure you’re not employing a violent ex-con?

Welcome to Obama’s America, where freedom is slavery, war is peace and ignorance is strength


25 posted on 06/12/2013 9:59:39 AM PDT by von tirpitz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arm_Bears
Maybe if African-Americans obeyed the law. . .

I obey the law and I get pulled over all the time (no probable cause other than the obvious) in my white neighborhood driving my BMW 5.

They should check me out first to see if I have broken any laws? /s
26 posted on 06/12/2013 10:02:04 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper
...that one of its facilities in South Carolina adopted a criminal background check policy that led to a disproportionate impact on African-Americans.

Well, they should not have committed a "disproportionate" amount of the crimes.......

27 posted on 06/12/2013 10:02:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ForAmerica

Get one of those bumper stickers that says:

I’m not Driving While Black, I’m Black While Driving!.......


28 posted on 06/12/2013 10:07:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

One of the big problems with these plants is tools and parts growing feet and walking out of the plant. A prior criminal record is one way to screen new employees to avoid theft.
In spite of their screening they still managed to find plenty of disadvantaged minorities to hire..so they should be give a medal..not a law suit.


29 posted on 06/12/2013 10:12:16 AM PDT by Oldexpat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

I guess I make a special effort to shop at DG.


30 posted on 06/12/2013 10:12:16 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldexpat

This is a shakedown, nothing more........just wait and see.......


31 posted on 06/12/2013 10:17:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Get one of those bumper stickers that says:

I’m not Driving While Black, I’m Black While Driving!.......


Lol, that would probably piss them off even more! Or I could get a conservative bumper sticker.

I could sell my BMW and get a Toyota or a Ford.
32 posted on 06/12/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

When will the EEOC enforce strict quotas on the NBA based on population?


33 posted on 06/12/2013 10:28:09 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ForAmerica

I drive a Lincoln Town Car. With the factory tint they can’t tell what color I am. They just know I’m old.................


34 posted on 06/12/2013 10:29:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

If pro sports had the same criminal background criteria, they’d have to dismiss a significant percentage of their employees.


35 posted on 06/12/2013 10:31:11 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: ForAmerica

2003 Lincoln Town Car Executive.......smooth ride............

36 posted on 06/12/2013 10:31:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

It would seem that if BMW fired all of their non-black employees at the same time using the same criteria, no prejudicial behavior could be proved.


37 posted on 06/12/2013 10:32:54 AM PDT by Cyman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

Agreed. The Feds recently settled a case in Minnesota over disparate impact. They know it won’t survive first contact with SCOTUS. Only good as a tool for the Jesse Jackson Hustle.


38 posted on 06/12/2013 10:50:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper; Gen.Blather
In the last two months, in all the Lunch-n-Learn trainings I've gone to, the EEOC has been warning that they were just waiting for the perfect test case to take this background check idea to court.

They put out a discussion idea about not asking about backgrounds until the second or third interview, and if a candidate has a background to take a solid look "one more time" before deciding against a particilar candidate.

They've been salivating to get their hands on a disparate impact case caused by background checks.

I loathe the EEOC.

39 posted on 06/12/2013 10:58:13 AM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

Lol, I am not old enough to drive one of those!


40 posted on 06/12/2013 11:03:43 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

Obama’s been gunning for this freedom of association aspect of the First Amendment, insofar it involves hiring among other associating, for some time.

Just toss it among the Amendments to the Constitution his administration has already shredded.


41 posted on 06/12/2013 11:10:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative
They've gotta prove that a black with a particular record was turned down when a white with an identical record was hired.*That* could well be discrimination.Without such proof....no discrimination.

That's not how I understand it. By using the phrase disparate impact, they are saying that just for having a requirement that one not have a criminal background "disparately impacts" a population (because that population has more people with a criminal background), it is by defintion discrimination. Its crazy, but that is how it works.
42 posted on 06/12/2013 11:13:17 AM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

The EEOC admits that Blacks are Criminals

I hope both companies fight this Black Racism. Black community needs to be held accountable and responsible....not honest folks


43 posted on 06/12/2013 11:22:39 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RikaStrom

” not asking about backgrounds until the second or third interview, and if a candidate has a background to take a solid look “one more time” before deciding against a particilar candidate. “

Interviews are all about eliminating the unsuitable candidates as early as possible. I think that most ex-con’s will fall into the category of one interview only. Can you deliver appliances to people’s homes or not? The most important thing about hiring this guy, is not accepting somebody who will endanger your customers and result in a lawsuit. In a book on how to not be a victim a former robber said, “My job was to deliver stuff. I’d ask to use your bathroom and then unlock a window.”


44 posted on 06/12/2013 11:25:52 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: ForAmerica

FWIW, I notice that people tend to get the hell out of your way!......................


45 posted on 06/12/2013 11:29:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

this is the jessie jackson shakedown crowd.

This is to force them to use certain “favored” (crony) bond and consulting firms.

I hope they fight and break the back of these litigation bullies.

Also it is probably supported by unionista thugs.


46 posted on 06/12/2013 11:35:03 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SgtHooper
What about the “marginalized” crackers in the NBA?

Haven't you noticed that the NBA balances out with the cheerleaders?


47 posted on 06/12/2013 1:05:12 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: houeto

I stand cor-REC-ted!


48 posted on 06/12/2013 1:52:36 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

I like Fords and have even owned two Lincolns, but the Lincolns have REALLY given me problems. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another Lincoln.


49 posted on 06/12/2013 2:34:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SoFloFreeper

So does pre-employment, random and post-accident drug testing also discriminate against “people of color” disproportionately, too, then? Maybe they should file a suit against the insurers who mandate and the companies who implement such policies, as they just can’t say no to drugs (and crime)and that makes it racist to fire them. (/s)


50 posted on 06/12/2013 4:01:11 PM PDT by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Hoorah, Arizona!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-52 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson