An Illinois bill would require temp agencies to track the race and gender of all job applicants. Supporters say it would provide evidence of discrimination when agencies shut out black workers in favor of Latino workers considered easier to exploit.
The manager of an Automation Personnel Services branch was known for her racial slurs and routine discrimination, two former employees say.
A state bill would have provided proof that temp agencies were shutting out black workers in favor of Latinos they could more easily exploit. This is the story of why the bill was born – and how it was killed.
After we exposed rampant hiring discrimination at Automation Personnel Services, the Alabama-based temp agency said it would hire an outside firm to look into the problem. But now that its investigation has concluded, the company has decided to keep the findings confidential.
Temp agencies across America have been using coded words and phrases to discriminate against job applicants based on race and gender. Take a look at some of terms we uncovered during our investigation – can you guess what type of person they were referring to?
When temp agencies fill orders for a worker of a certain race or gender, that’s illegal. So some use code words to hide the discrimination.