August 2018

National Banking Association Defeats Age Discrimination and Civil Rights Violation Claims

United States - Iowa

A national banking association prevailed against claims brought by a class of representative plaintiffs alleging discrimination and violations of the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Our firm represented the banking association in the case.

The class representatives were discharged after the banking association conducted required background rescreening to confirm employment eligibility and discovered each named plaintiff held a criminal conviction that was disqualifying under federal banking laws. The named plaintiffs then alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The banking association filed a summary judgment motion as to threshold legal issues prior to any ruling on class certification, which the district court granted in its favor in October of 2016, resulting in the case being dismissed while the plaintiffs’ motions for class certification were pending.

The plaintiffs appealed, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the banking association in August of 2018.

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