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Weekend Roundup: Criminal Records Lawsuit, 7-Eleven Settlement, and More Fake Urine

Can an employer be sued for denying employment to applicants with a criminal history? Macy’s is finding out the hard way that it can actually happen, under certain circumstances. In other news, 7-Eleven is paying out millions after violating the FCRA, and the use of synthetic urine to cheat drug tests continues to rise—even in paradise. Click the headlines to get all the details in today’s Weekend Roundup:

Macy’s Sued for Denying Jobs to People With Criminal Records

The Fortune Society wants one of the country’s largest retailers to reevaluate its policies for job applicants and employees with criminal histories.

The nonprofit organization, which helps the formerly incarcerated re-enter society, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Macy’s Inc. claiming it had rejected job applicants, revoked job offers and terminated the employment of people with criminal histories.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jenetta Rolfer, a 36-year-old black woman living in St. Paul, Minn., whose employment as a credit-granting representative at a Macy’s call center was rescinded after the retailer uncovered a misdemeanor conviction for public nuisance.

According to the lawsuit, Rolfer’s 10-year-old offense stemmed from her inability to produce proof of car insurance at a traffic incident.

7-Eleven Pays Out Nearly $2M to Settle Background Check Allegations
7-Eleven has agreed to pay out $1,972,500 to a class of approximately 50,000 job applicants to settle allegations that it used an improper consumer report disclosure under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (Munoz v. 7-Eleven, Inc., No. 18-cv-03893 (C.D. Calif. June 17, 2019)).

7-Eleven allegedly violated FCRA’s stand-alone disclosure requirement by providing consumer report disclosures to its applicants and employees that contained additional information, including facts about state law, information about the background check provider, and a blanket authorization allowing the disclosure of information directly to 7-Eleven. The plaintiffs also claimed that 7-Eleven had regular access to legal counsel, that it had the resources to comply with FCRA, and that its systematic failure to do so was “willful.”

Popularity of Synthetic Urine to Mask Drug Use Continues
For the second quarter in a row, more synthetic urine is being submitted by people trying to cheat the workplace drug testing system, according to Dr. Steven Brimmer, director of Toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.

The company, which is a medical testing laboratory, conducts routine and esoteric testing services throughout Hawaii, Saipan, and Guam. According to the company’s Quarterly Results of Workforce Drug Testing, the percentage of synthetic urine detected in Q2 2019 was up 7.4 percent and 38 percent versus Q1 2019 and Q2 2018 respectively.

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