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Case Name NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches v. Philips Electronics North America Corp. EE-NY-0283
Docket / Court 156382/2015 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Case Summary
On June 25, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed this New York state court class action on behalf of the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. All of these job sites bar ... read more >
On June 25, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed this New York state court class action on behalf of the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. All of these job sites bar applications for certain open positions from would-be-applicants who have been convicted of a felony.

Plaintiffs allege that the defendants violate New York State and City law requiring that employers not use felony conviction status as an automatic bar to employment, but rather individually evaluate certain factors set forth by statute. Plaintiffs state that this practice has a disparate impact on people of color, although the complaint does not assert race discrimination as a separate cause of action. The lawsuit seeks an injunction forbidding the defendants from posting employment opportunities that bar felons from applying. We do not have access to the docket sheet, and therefore do not know what more has happened in this case so far.

Sarah Prout - 08/25/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) ADVANCE TECH PEST CONTROL
DOES 1-100
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
MONSTER WORLDWIDE, INC.,
NTT DATA, INC.
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION
RECALL HOLDINGS LIMITED,
RECALL TOTAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, INC.
ZIPRECRUITER, INC., INDEED, INC
Plaintiff Description NAACP on behalf of job applicants who have been convicted of a felony who have been barred from applying for jobs that explicitly ban applicants convicted of a felony. NOTE: The plaintiffs seek a defendant class.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 06/25/2015
EE-NY-0283-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Klein, Adam T. (New York)
EE-NY-0283-0001
McClain, Ray (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0283-0001
McNerney, Christopher M. (New York)
EE-NY-0283-0001
Meyerson, James I. (New York)
EE-NY-0283-0001
Miazad, Ossai (New York)
EE-NY-0283-0001
Ryan, Hallie (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0283-0001
Steel, Lewis M (New York)
EE-NY-0283-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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