As if employers don’t have it bad enough in this rotten economy, the Obama administration is doing everything possible to make things worse. The EEOC wants to make it illegal for employers not to hire ex-convicts because that would be raaaaacist!
The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals.
In April the EEOC unveiled its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records,” which declares that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.”
The impetus for this “guidance” is that black men are nearly seven times more likely than white men to serve time in prison, and therefore refusals to hire convicts disproportionally impact blacks, according to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by James Bovard, a libertarian author and lecturer whose books include “Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen.”
Most businesses perform background checks on potential employees, but the EEOC frowns on these checks and “creates legal tripwires that could spark federal lawsuits,” Bovard observes.
Read the whole thing. Under the proposed rules, an employer’s background check on a potential hire turns up prior convictions, that employer would have to prove that it has a “business necessity” not to hire the convict. The EEOC has already sued employers. The article goes on to note that a nuclear power plant was sued for not hiring a twice convicted thief, even though it’s against state law to hire former felons at nuclear plants. It’s insane.
Update: Linked by Big Pulpit – thanks!