What does the lawsuit complain about?

In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs say that Des Moines Public Schools discriminated against African Americans by using criminal background check policies that excluded African Americans at a higher rate than non-African Americans. The Plaintiffs also claim that Des Moines Public Schools’ background check policies were not job related and consistent with Des Moines Public Schools’ business purposes.  This lawsuit is referred to as a “disparate impact” case, which is a type of lawsuit that challenges systemic discrimination.  You can read the Plaintiffs' Class Action Complaint here.

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