Macy’s discriminates against Black and Latino people by firing or refusing to hire people who have past criminal convictions, even if the violations were minor, old or wouldn’t impede an employee’s ability to do a job, a lawsuit filed June 26 alleges, reports NBC News.

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The Fortune Society Inc., a nonprofit that helps people with criminal records to find jobs and reintegrate in their communities, filed the suit in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Jenetta Rolfer on Wednesday. Rolfer, who is Black, alleges in the suit that she was offered a job in the credit and customer service department at Macy’s in October 2018. She was experienced and qualified for the position, but was fired within the month after she was subjected to a background check.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, claims that while Rolfer wasn’t immediately provided with the results of her background check, she tried to explain to her employer that the misdemeanor conviction that she believed had led to her termination was a decade old and the result of her not being able to provide proof of insurance during a traffic incident because she couldn’t afford the premiums at the time. She received a letter from Macy’s formally rescinding her employment in November, and received a copy of her background check in December, the lawsuit said.

The Fortune Society says in the suit that Macy’s often violates the rights of Black and Latino people outlined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York City Human Rights Law, and that Rolfer’s experience is just one example. The EEOC and New York City law specify that employers may only consider criminal records if the conviction would hinder a potential employee’s ability to do the specific job they are seeking, according to the suit.

Black and Latino people are disproportionately affected by the “overbroad and unduly rigid criminal history screening policies” at Macy’s because those groups are more likely to be incarcerated than White people “because of racial profiling and other discriminatory policies and practices in the criminal justice system,” according to the suit, which cites multiple reports and studies.

“Fortune’s mission is to support successful re-entry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration for individuals currently involved with the criminal justice system,” the lawsuit says. The retail giant’s “employment policies and practices frustrate Fortune’s mission and impact Fortune’s resources.”

Employers are also required under New York City human rights law to consider the time that has elapsed since an offense, the age of the person when the crime was committed and the seriousness of the charge. Macy’s is violating the state law, the suit said. The Fortune Society is seeking equal opportunity for its participants to get jobs and promotions at Macy’s, while Rolfer is seeking monetary and other relief for the violation of her rights, the suit said.

The law firms representing Rolfer also represent former Macy’s employees and applicants who couldn’t join the lawsuit because they signed contracts forbidding them from going to court over alleged rights violations, and instead require them to settle disputes internally in non-public mediations, according to the Fortune Society.