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Cook County Corrections Officer hiring bias suit gets a new look

January 7, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

  • Lawsuit against alleged discriminatory recruitment practices
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An Illinois federal court needs to reconsider whether a candidate who was repeatedly turned down when applying for a correctional officer position can bring a class action claim alleging Cook County’s application process discriminates against black candidates, the Seventh Circuit said on Thursday with.

Joseph Simpson said he applied four times as a correctional officer in Cook County between 2014 and 2017, but the Department of Corrections declined to hire him. The department’s five-part hiring process had a desperate impact on black applicants who were hired at lower rates than white applicants, Simpson said in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for …

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