December 07, 2016

MVP Staffing unlawfully honored clients’ coded requests not to send them black workers for temporary assignments, a federal lawsuit alleges (Hunt v. Pers. Staffing Grp., LLC, N.D. Ill., No. 1:16-cv-11086, class complaint 12/6/16.)

The lawsuit targets discrimination in hiring, which generally is difficult to detect, Joseph M. Sellers, one of the lawyers representing the proposed class, told Bloomberg BNA. Unlike bias against employees who already are working for a company, unsuccessful job applicants often have no way of knowing if they weren’t hired for discriminatory reasons, said Sellers, a Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington.

The case is also important, he said Dec. 6, because it involves the relationship between a staffing agency and seven of its clients and the issue of customer preference discrimination. The seven clients are all large industrial manufacturers that could have done the hiring themselves but turned to the Cicero, Ill., office of Personnel Staffing Group LLC, which does business as MVP, for help, Sellers said.

This article originally appeared in Bloomberg BNA.