A Cincinnati-based transit company is being sued regarding its hiring practices in a lawsuit that could have important implications for both national and Ohio employment laws .According to Cincinnati.com, a single, African-American mother was hired by First Transit as a bus driver, but was later dismissed when the transit company found out that she had an expunged, seven years old felony conviction for welfare fraud.
Supported by Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest transit union in the country, the woman is suing, stating that a policy prohibiting those with felony convictions from employment not only discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, but also is a violation of civil rights laws. According to the union, First Transit’s hiring policy violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Some labor experts claim that this case could have a major impact on hiring practices throughout Ohio.
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