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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and eight others are asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to drop its complaint. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and eight others are asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to drop its complaint.
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AGs Weigh In On Discrimination Lawsuit Against BMW - August 15, 2013

Nine attorneys general have weighed in on a lawsuit facing BMW.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and eight others are asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to drop its complaint.

The EEOC says criminal background checks used by BMW adversely affected a high number of black employees and applicants at its Greer plant.

Wilson calls the lawsuit misguided.

He says the EEOC’s position increases business burdens, raises expenses, and decreases the ability to make fair and efficient hiring decisions.

BMW Denies Race Discrimination Alleged In Lawsuit - August 12, 2013

BMW denied race discrimination claims in a federal court filing.

A lawsuit accuses the Upstate manufacturer failed to hire African Americans and fired them based on their race.

The company asked in the filing that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint be dismissed.

Race Discrimination Suit Filed Against BMW - June 11, 2013

A lawsuit against BMW accuses the Upstate manufacturer of race discrimination.

The suit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

It alleges BMW Manufacturing Co. failed to hire African Americans and fired them based on their race.

The EEOC is seeking relief for 69 African-Americans who it claims are victims of the discrimination while they were employed by UTi Integrated Logistics, Inc, a company that provided services to BMW.

The commission says UTi screened its employees who were working at the BMW facility according to its standards.  When BMW ended its contract with UTi in 2008, BMW required those employees to re-apply.  They were then screened according to BMW's stricter criminal convictions policy.

Of the employees that didn't meet the criteria to be re-hired, the EEOC says 80 percent of them were African-American, and they were "disproportionately disqualified" from employment.

According to a news release from the EEOC, the suit seeks lost wages and benefits, as well the reinstatement of those named.

You can read more about the lawsuit by clicking here.

BMW officials say they are unable to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, however they did say that the manufacturer complied with the law, and plans to defend itself against the suit.

"BMW is a global company with employees in more than 140 countries around the world," the company stated in a release Tuesday.  "We have a strong culture of non-discrimination as evidenced by the company's highly diverse workforce."

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