President Obama’s nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice Debo Adegbile wants to force employers to hire convicted felons. I guess it should come as no surprise that the guy who defends cop killer Mumia Abu-Jumal would embrace an EEOC guidance that says it’s discriminatory for employers to use background checks as a tool for making hiring decisions.
At the moment, EEOC “guidance” does not have the force of law, no matter the threats from top EEOC officials. That’s where Debo Adegbile comes in. When he was with the NAACP, Adegbile praised the commission’s guidelines. Now, if he becomes the assistant attorney general for civil rights, he will have the power to pursue the same or similar policies.
In written questions, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Adegbile whether he would, if confirmed, “take action to abridge or eliminate an employer’s ability to perform criminal background checks on potential employees.” Adegbile embraced the EEOC position and suggested it would guide his own actions in the Justice Department. “If employers do perform background checks, the EEOC has released guidance on the subject,” he told Grassley.
As the Adegbile nomination nears a vote, the Civil Rights Commission’s Kirsanow has written a letter to the Senate opposing Adegbile not just for his activities on behalf of Abu-Jamal — still the hottest issue in the Adegbile debate — but also for his support of the EEOC on background checks. “Mr. Adegbile’s support for the guidance demonstrates his commitment to an ideological agenda at odds with the law and common sense,” Kirsanow wrote.
One thing is clear in the nomination debate: Republican opposition to Adegbile doesn’t matter. (Read More)
Thanks to Harry Reid invoking the “nuclear option” this guy will sail through the confirmation process, no matter how radical he might be.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why you should care about rules imposed on businesses maybe you should stop and think that the next person your employer hires could be a convicted rapist or thief.