Am I part of this class?

The Court decided that all African Americans who meet this definition are members of the Class:

"All African Americans who from April 11, 2014 through December 12, 2018 were harmed by: (1) Des Moines Public Schools' practice of excluding applicants from employment based upon criminal background screening criteria without consideration of information relevant to whether the policy as applied to those applicants is job related and consistent with business necessity; or (2) Des Moines Public Schools' practice of excluding applicants from employment based on whether or how thoroughly they disclosed their prior criminal conviction; or (3) both. The class does not consist of any applicants who were statutorily barred from working for an Iowa school district due to their inclusion on abuse registries, any applicants who DMPS excluded solely because of non-criminal convictions such as arrests or traffic accidents, and any applicants who were hired by DMPS but only denied vehicle leases as a result of criminal conviction screenings. The class period is limited to April 11, 2014 through December 12, 2018."

The court also decided that three subclasses should be established:

(1) A subclass of the African American applicants harmed only by Des Moines Public Schools' practice of excluding applicants form employment based on criminal background screening criteria without consideration of information relevant to whether the policy as applied to those applicants is job related and consistent with business necessity; (2) a subclass of the African American applicants harmed only by Des Moines Public Schools' practice of excluding applicants from employment based on whether or how thoroughly said applicants disclosed their prior criminal convictions; and (3) a subclass of those African Americans applicants who were harmed by both aspects of the District's criminal background check practice.

Depending on whether you meet any of these definitions, you could be a member of the class. Notices were sent to those individuals for whom records produced by DMPS suggest that one of these class definitions may apply. 

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