Pier 1 Discrimination Settlement

Pier 1 Discrimination Settlement

Montclair – The retailer Pier 1 recently agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a claim of employment discrimination related to a Black applicant who was denied an assistant manager position at the company’s Fontana store when a background check revealed the applicant’s race. 

In a statement released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency determined “[Pier 1’s] use of criminal records limited the employment opportunity of the job applicant based on his race, Black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”  

By reaching an agreement the company not only avoided a lawsuit, it also settled without having to admit liability. The company did however agree to revise its policies, which include eliminating its background screening processes and no longer asking applicants about their criminal history on its job application—arrest does not always mean criminal involvement and some crimes might not be relevant to the job an applicant is seeking.

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