The stance the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is taking in a recently filed lawsuit against the convenience store chain Sheetz could spell trouble for employers that automatically reject job candidates who fail criminal history background checks.

In the April lawsuit, the EEOC asserts that Sheetz's auto-rejection practice disproportionately discriminates against Sheetz job applicants who are Black, American Indian or multiracial.

The agency faults Sheetz for taking no additional steps to evaluate the rejected candidates, such as inviting them to provide additional information about their criminal matters, or forwarding the application to a manager for further consideration.

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