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Applicants with criminal records challenge census job-screening practices

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Carol Morello:

Two job applicants with minor criminal records have gone to court to challenge the way the Census Bureau screens applicants for work as census takers.
In a class action suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, Eugene Johnson, 48, of the Bronx, N.Y., and Evelyn House, 69, of Philadelphia, say they were unfairly rejected for census jobs earlier this year because they could not provide court records of their cases settled decades earlier.
The two, who are both African Americans, say they are among thousands who were not hired because records are no longer available for misdemeanor offenses committed long ago. They say the Census Bureau's screening practices amount to discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, who have higher arrest rates that remain on their records even if there was no prosecution or conviction.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  Census  | Tags:  African American, Bronx, Census, Census Bureau, Native Americans in the United States, New York, United States, United States Census Bureau  
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