Pepsi beverage company will pay $3.13 million, provide job offers and offer training to resolve a race discrimination lawsuit which was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleges that the company used criminal background checks in order to discriminate based on race, specifically against African Americans, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The settlement will be divided among black applicants and also used for the administration of the claims process. The EEOC investigation found over 300 African Americans were affected adversely when Pepsi applied a criminal background check policy. This check wrongfully excluded black applicants from permanent employment. During the EEOC investigation, Pepsi initiated a new criminal background check policy. In addition to a money settlement, Pepsi will offer jobs to victims of the former criminal background check policy who still want to work for at Pepsi if they apply; Pepsi will send regular reports to the EEOC regarding its hiring practices; and Pepsi will conduct Title VII training for hiring colleagues and managers. Read more HERE.

To protect individual rights, the United States Department of Labor instituted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Specifically, the EEOC enforces federal laws against employment discrimination, and is a member of the federal interagency Reentry Council which is a group that meets to examine the various issues regarding the reentry of people with criminal records. See: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/discrimination/ethnicdisc.htm

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