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Discrimination Lawsuit Raises Hiring Process Questions

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims BMW discriminated against job applicant's race.

The controversy centers around how BMW viewed background checks.

The policy, according to the lawsuit, was to prevent any applicant with any sort of criminal history from getting a job at the plant.

"You've got a double-edged sword," HR consultant Paula Fulghum said.

Employers have a responsibility to protect the safety of their workers.

They must balance that with a fair hiring practice.

Fulghum said she's seen cases where overlooking past convictions would be appropriate.

"They have convictions on their background checks for fishing without a license," she said. "Common sense tells you that shouldn't keep you from being employed."

The outcome of that lawsuit could have an impact on whether companies lean more toward overlooking criminal histories or denying applicants based on them.

You can read more about the lawsuit by clicking here.

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