Don Livingston Appears Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Briefing on Impact of Background Checks on Minority Employment

On December 7, Don Livingston, a Washington, D.C.-based partner in the firm’s labor and employment practice, appeared as an expert before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a briefing on the impact of criminal background checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s conviction records policy on employment of black and Hispanic workers.  The USCCR initiated this investigation to determine whether the new EEOC guidance policy (or other prohibitions or limitations on the use of criminal background checks) results in lower job opportunities and reduced employment overall among minorities, including non-offenders.

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.  He is also the author of EEOC Litigation and Charge Resolution, a treatise covering all aspects of attorney interactions with the EEOC.