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Author Archives: Steve Lash

Judge tosses EEOC suit over background checks (access required)

A federal judge in Maryland has dealt a stinging blow to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s attempt to cast the use of pre-employment background checks as a discriminatory hiring practice. The EEOC maintains that criminal and credit background checks have a disparate impact on minority applicants, who comprise a disproportionate percentage of people with criminal histories or poor-credit records. However, Judge Roger W. Titus faulted the agency’s evidence, saying it would “condemn the use of common sense” to let the case against Dallas-based convention coordinating company Freeman proceed in U.S. District Court.

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Black-lung cases worth a fee premium, court rules (access required)

A federal appeals court has awarded more than $32,000 in fees to a law firm that represented a former coal miner in his successful bid to be compensated for the black-lung disease he had contracted during his 17 years on the job. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in issuing the award, said it considered the vast black-lung litigation experience that Wolfe Williams Rutherford & Reynolds attorneys brought to their representation of Harold Gosnell in his claim against Eastern Associated Coal Corp.

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