What is this lawsuit about?

This lawsuit is about whether Des Moines Public Schools discriminated against African American job applicants by using criminal background check policies that excluded African Americans at a higher rate than non-African Americans. This lawsuit is also about whether Des Moines Public Schools’ criminal background check practices are job related and necessary to the employer’s business purposes. This lawsuit is referred to as a “disparate impact” case, which is a legal term that describes a type of systemic discrimination that is prohibited by the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

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