For further evidence that the EEOC is ramping up enforcement efforts related to job applicant background checks, one need look no further than Pepsi. Pepsi recently agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle EEOC charges alleging that Pepsi’s use of criminal background checks adversely affected more than 300 African American job applicants. Click here to read the EEOC’s press release on this subject.
According to the EEOC, Pepsi’s background check policy led to Pepsi’s rejection of job applicants who had been convicted of minor offenses even when those convictions were unrelated to the jobs applied for. Even more troubling, Pepsi relied on its background check policy to reject job applicants who had merely been arrested – but not convicted – of crimes.