Biden Administration Sues a Convenience Store

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( – Sheetz, a Pennsylvania-based chain of convenience stores is now facing a lawsuit brought forward by the Biden administration. Despite the legal case for racial discrimination, President Biden made a campaign stop at one of the convenience store locations on the campaign trail. 

Sheetz is facing charges under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). THE EEOC has found that the company’s hiring practices had been discriminatory against minority applicants according to the Associated Press report. 

On the same day that the lawsuit was filed, Biden made a stop at a store location in Pittsburgh. Only a day before Biden’s Wednesday stop, former President Donald Trump had made a stop at a bodega in New York City. 

The EEOC in its filing claims that the criminal background checks performed by the company were discriminatory and that the system would weed out applicants who they believed had not managed to pass the checks. According to the findings, this policy had disproportionally affected Black, Native American, and other non-White jobseekers. 

While the lawsuit does not state that the discrimination exhibited was purposeful, it still notes that the store’s actions were a violation of the law. The failed background check had resulted in 14.5 percent of Black applicants being denied employment, while less than 8 percent of white applicants met a similar fate. 

EEOC attorney Debra M. Lawrence stated that according to federal law, it is mandatory that there are no disparate employment practices based on any classifications including race. She added that any other factors must be shown by the employer to be necessary in order to ensure the efficiency of that job. 

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