Hiring workers based on race or sex is illegal, but some companies are skirting the law by contracting out their discriminatory practices to temp agencies, a Reveal investigation has found.
The misuse of employment tests – which measure reading, math and other cognitive skills – can unfairly disadvantage minorities and women without the employers or the job applicants even realizing it.
An Alabama-based temp agency that former workers accuse of rampant hiring discrimination announced it will conduct an internal investigation and set up an anonymous tip line, even as federal officials seek out whistleblowers in response to a Reveal investigation.
Diversity – or lack thereof – is all over the news these days. And the picture does not look good.
Before undercover auditors carrying hidden weapons slipped undetected past security screeners at U.S. airports, the official ultimately responsible for the lapses received cash bonuses and awards that reached nearly $100,000, according to a whistleblower complaint.
Temp agencies across America have been using coded words and phrases to discriminate against job applicants based on race and gender. Take a look at some of terms we uncovered during our investigation – can you guess what type of person they were referring to?
A Chicago labor organizer is pushing what would be the nation’s first law addressing temp-work discrimination. But to get the bill passed, he says he needs some temp workers to make a big sacrifice.
When temp agencies fill orders for a worker of a certain race or gender, that’s illegal. So some use code words to hide the discrimination.
This hour of Reveal will explore discrimination in the temporary-work industry and look at how it’s affecting people around the country.