• The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed complaints against Dollar General and BMW accusing the companies of violating civil rights laws by requiring job applicants to pass a criminal background check before being hired. The EEOC says this requirement discriminates against blacks because they are more likely to have a criminal record.
• A Las Vegas TV station reports that multiple employees of the Clark County family court are under investigation for allegedly covering up a sexual assault by a court marshal in the courthouse. Monica Contreras went to the courthouse as part of her divorce. As she was leaving, Marshal Ron Fox ordered her into a side room. When they came out, Contreras tried to tell the judge, hearing master Patricia Donninger, that Fox had touched her breasts and buttocks. Video shows that Donninger turned away from Contreras. Fox ordered a bailiff to arrest Contreras for making false allegations against a police officer. There’s no such crime in Nevada, but the bailiff arrested her anyway. Those charges were later dropped, and an internal investigation validated her claims against Fox, who was fired. The judge who ignored her pleas has not been sanctioned.
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manager John Austin Hunt has been charged with misconduct by a public employee, unauthorized computer access and unlawful use of public data, among other charges. Prosecutors say he illegally accessed the driver’s license data of thousands of women and kept photos of almost 200 of them on a computer at work.
Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.