Friday, August 30, 2013

Feds coercing local governments to make it illegal for private companies to properly vet job candidates.

Via NC Renegade

Pressured by the federal government, states and municipalities across the U.S. are adopting senseless measures restricting employers from asking job applicants about criminal history.

The Obama administration claims criminal background checks are discriminatory because they disproportionately exclude minorities—especially blacks—from hire. That’s why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, is spending taxpayer dollars suing companies that run criminal background checks on job applicants.

Besides litigation, the administration is working behind the scenes by offering local governments “guidance” on passing measures banning criminal background checks. The laws are known as “ban the box” because they call for removing the question and check box that asks candidates if they’ve been convicted of a crime. So far three states have passed laws prohibiting employers from asking about criminal history and dozens of municipalities nationwide—including those in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware—have done the same, according to a nonprofit that advocates for workers’ rights.


  1. What's the Gov's hangup with preventing people from knowing they are hiring or working with folks with criminal records? Sorry, but I'd like to know if I was attempting to hire a convicted murderer, rapist, or child molestor. I could care less if you are pink, yellow, or neon green. This shit has gotten rediculous. So now you're a racist if you don't hire certain people because of the dumb shit they've done in life and they happen to have a certain skin tone? WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT OVER?

  2. Expansion of the EQUAL Opportunity Act....and integration of Holders Fuck You national policy.

  3. I'm in a business that requires workers to work very hard and get very dirty. Not everyone can or will do the job and most that will
    are a little rough around the edges. Almost everyone that works for us has some sort of a criminal record ranging from DWI to in the case of one of our best workers Felony Robbery with a deadly weapon (framed by an ex-girlfriend). The only place we work that requires background checks is on government facilities, like military bases.

    Hmmm, I wonder how Eric is going to handle that? I've had two background checks myself so far this year.

    1. I wonder how Eric is going to handle that?

      As long as they vote with him, he'll leave them alone.:)