Akin Gump Wins Summary Judgment, Dismissal for Freeman in EEOC Case

(Dallas) – An Akin Gump effort led by partner Don Livingston won summary judgment and dismissal of a suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against client Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements.

In EEOC v. Freeman, the EEOC had claimed that Freeman’s use of job applicants’ credit histories and criminal convictions had a disparate impact on African-American, Hispanic and male job applicants.

Livingston said, “This case has far-reaching implications for employers across the country that have been under the EEOC’s scrutiny recently. This is a win not only for Freeman, but for the rights of U.S. companies to utilize reasonable and rational practices to safeguard their workplaces.”

Don Livingston is a former general counsel of the EEOC, where he was responsible for the federal government’s enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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