Housing Policies Challenged: Disparate Impact Supreme Court’s Ruling on 6/25/15

30 Jun

Texas Department of Housing Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., decided by the Supreme Court last Thursday, held that lawsuits can challenge housing policies or practices based on their disparate impact. Subject to restrictions discussed below, the Court found that housing discrimination claims can be based on the discriminatory effect of a law or practice without needing to show intent to discriminate. While the Supreme Court had not yet weighed in on this question, the Court’s decision matches the nine federal courts of appeals that have considered the question, which may limit the decision’s consequences. The 5-4 decision included a majority opinion by Justice Kennedy and dissents by Justices Thomas and Alito. Continue reading

Could Your Dress Code for Leasing Agents be Discriminatory?

22 Jun

by: Laura Mowry
leasing agent dress codeLawsuits and media attention over applicants who were discriminated against are becoming more frequent and some companies are finding themselves in hot water. There are several areas receiving more attention such as sexual orientation and lifestyle, and it may be time for your company to conduct a policy language “check-up”.

It is important to remove any personal biases that could potentially interfere with the hiring process. The popular clothing chain, Abercrombie and Fitch experienced the consequences of failing to adhere to the law. Continue reading

Fighting ID Theft – Hackers Know What Sites You Visit

18 Jun

Part 2 of 3

by: Denise Garcia
combating ID theftIn the recent weeks there has been many phishing emails circulating from the FTC, Paypal and Facebook just to name a few. Such scams try to fool people into giving away names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords and other personal data by sending emails that look as if they were sent from a legitimate company, especially ones we deal with on a frequent basis. This type of phishing emails normally include a link that takes them to a fake site mimicking the real company website by entering personal data which can compromise computers and be used for fraud. Continue reading

CIC Expands Criminal Jurisdiction Data

15 Jun

nationwide criminal reportsThroughout the past six months, the CIC worked to increase the number of jurisdictions available to clients in the U.S. Criminal Database Scan. These expansions to our coverage demonstrate CIC’s commitment to excellence and remaining the nation’s most trusted provider of applicant background screening.

The following jurisdictions have been added: Continue reading

Fighting ID Theft – Social Media and Phishing

11 Jun

Part 1 of 3

combating ID theftEvery week, another story makes headlines about the latest victims of ID theft and fraud and the hackers are getting cleverer. Recognizing the inherent risk in our everyday digital lives and taking the proper action to protect personally identifiable information (PII) will pay off in the long run.

1. Don’t be fooled by malware based phishing.

Frequently criminals will embed harmful computer programs called malware into emails and other digital web-based entities. Continue reading

CIC Exhibits Resident and Employment Screening Solutions at the NAA Conference in Vegas

9 Jun

NAA Education Conference and ExpoCIC, the nation’s leading provider of resident and employment screening solutions, is pleased to announce participation at this year’s National Apartment Association (NAA) Education Conference & Exposition, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, June 24-27.  CIC empowers organizations to hire and lease with confidence. Continue reading


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