Obama Administration: Employers Should Consider Hiring Criminals and Deadbeats, So As Not to Be Considered Racist
I know: it sounds like something you’d read in a bad GOP version of “The Onion” — but it’s not:
Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.
A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws.
“Our sense is that the problem is snowballing because of the technology allowing these checks to be done with a fair amount of ease,” said Carol Miaskoff, assistant legal counsel at the EEOC.
Listen: if it’s really true that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be criminals and deadbeats — and note well, racists: I didn’t say it, the EEOC did — then maybe they should consider breaking fewer laws and paying their debts on time. That, I would think, would be the solution to any racial disparity — not forcing employers to hire criminals and deadbeats.
How far are we going to take this insanity? And how far can you push the American people before we say “enough”?
I know this much: if I were an employer, this would be yet another reason not to hire any more employees.
Well done, Barry. Well done indeed.