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August 11 2013

Freeman Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

By Daniel Metz
On Friday August 9, 2013 the case of EEOC v. Freeman was dismissed by Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court of Maryland.

The EEOC filed a hiring discrimination suit against Freeman in 2009 claiming the company's use of job applicants' credit histories and criminal convictions had a disparate impact on African-American, Hispanic and male job applicants. 

Freeman has always maintained that using criminal and credit checks is fair and necessary to its business. 

Joe Popolo, Freeman CEO expressed his thoughts on the decision saying, Freeman decided to fight the case because they felt the EEOC had overstepped its bounds.

Pamela Wills-Ward, Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Freeman was pleased by the ruling and believes Judge Titus said it all in his opinion when he held that “by bringing this action of this nature, the EEOC has placed many employers in the ‘Hobson’s choice’ of ignoring criminal history and credit background, thus exposing themselves to potential liability for criminal and fraudulent acts committed by employees."

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