July 28, 2017 – The Legal Action Center and co-counsel, Francis & Mailman, P.C., filed a federal class action lawsuit on July 14th against the Barclays Center, a major sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn, NY, also home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders. The complaint alleges that the Barclays Center systematically discriminates against applicants with criminal records in violation of New York State and City laws and violates federal and state background screening laws.
The suit also names related entities Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc., and AEG Management Brooklyn, LLC as defendants.
According to the complaint, Plaintiff Lloyd Brooks applied to work at the Barclays Center in the summer of 2015. He was offered a position as Facilities Conversion Crew, subject to a background check. The night before he was scheduled to start orientation, he received an email denying him the job based on the background report. Defendants failed to give him the report, however, so he did not know for several days that the job denial was due to a 2011 misdemeanor hit on the background report.
The suit charges that defendants discriminated against Mr. Brooks and other applicants on the basis of their criminal records, in violation of New York State and City Human Rights laws. It also charges defendants with violating the federal and New York State Fair Credit Reporting Acts (FCRA) by failing to give applicants a legally required notice, a copy of their background reports, a summary of their consumer rights, and a copy of New York’s anti-discrimination law.
Monica Welby, Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center states, “Employers like the Barclays Center may not summarily deny jobs to applicants with criminal convictions or fail to provide them with the information required under FCRA.” She adds, “Employers who engage in such practices not only harm individuals like Mr. Brooks but also miss out on qualified workers.”
People who have had a similar experience with the Barclays Center or the AEG entities named in the lawsuit may contact the Legal Action Center at (212) 243-1313.
The Legal Action Center is the only national law and policy organization whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, addiction, or HIV/AIDS, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.