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New York Attorney General Settlement Agreement with Choicepoint for Unlawfully Aiding Employers in New York State Who Exclude Job Applicants Based on Criminal Records (Office of the Attorney General of New York State)

  • Organization: Office of the Attorney General of New York State
  • Document Type: Case law/admin decisions
  • Date Created: Monday, January 04, 2010
  • Submitted: Monday, January 04, 2010
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Assurance of Discontinuance that resolves the investigation by The Office of the Attorney General, which found that ChoicePoint, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the country provided services that directly or indirectly assisted in unlawful employment practices. OAG found among other things, that ChoicePoint was involved in the creation of an online application system for a client that automatically disqualified thousands of applicants in New York State because of a self-disclosed criminal record history, and provided employers with a sample adjudication matrix that calls for the disqualification of applicants based upon dispositions that are violations in New York State.

The settlement requires ChoicePoints immediate and full compliance with federal, state, and local law including revised policies and procedures relating to how ChoicePoint obtains and reports the background history of applicants in New York State, trainings to its employees, and hiring an independent third-party with expertise in the collection, maintenance and reporting of criminal record histories from public sources, to evaluate ChoicePoint's compliance with the law and this settlement.

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