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Staffing Firm Settles Lawsuit Filed by Amazon Applicant

Integrity Staffing Solutions (ISS) has settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by an African-American man convicted of manslaughter almost 30 years ago, after ISS denied him a job at Amazon.com because of his criminal record. ISS was accused of violating the federal Civil Rights Act. Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia says, “Employment policies that impose a blanket exclusion on people with past convictions, without any consideration of the relationship of the conviction to the job in question, can constitute unlawful discrimination.” The Public Interest Law Center says ISS “has reaffirmed its policy of providing equal employment opportunity for people with past criminal convictions” and “also has further re-emphasized to supervisors and personnel engaged in the hiring process the importance of and appropriate review of a job applicant’s criminal convictions.”

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