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U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities
AOL.com ^ | 4/26/12 | AP

Posted on 04/26/2012 4:28:02 PM PDT by ColdOne

WASHINGTON -- Is an arrest in a barroom brawl 20 years ago a job disqualifier? Not necessarily, the government said Wednesday in new guidelines on how employers can avoid running afoul of laws prohibiting job discrimination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on criminal background checks is part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.

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1 posted on 04/26/2012 4:28:04 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on criminal background checks is part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.

What a racist thing to say....

2 posted on 04/26/2012 4:30:06 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: ColdOne

Bad, bad; thanks for the information.


3 posted on 04/26/2012 4:30:06 PM PDT by Ace's Dad (Reagan Contra; in-country off the USS Racine.)
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To: ColdOne

Islamic terrorist ‘soldiers’ infiltrating the USofA are the ones this communist/Islamic administration are trying to protect. The sooner Americans realize this current administration is working for the Muslim conquering of the West, the sooner we can clean the house of the filth. It may already be too late, because the vermin media are too well entrenched in shaping the thinking of the sheeple. ... And no one is oiling the guillotines


4 posted on 04/26/2012 4:34:15 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: ColdOne
Is an arrest in a barroom brawl 20 years ago a job disqualifier?

That is for the prospective employer to decide.

5 posted on 04/26/2012 4:35:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ColdOne

If there is a federally regulated “blank” in a job seekers record, the Human Resources manager need only ask the applicant what happened during that “blank.”

Nobody is going to hire a blank slate—better to employ an honest bad person trying to be better.

This policy is also intended to build resentment in minorities of color.


6 posted on 04/26/2012 4:37:43 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not all Democrats are Bums but all Bums are Democrats".)
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To: ColdOne
The Obama administration is saying that minorities are most likely to have commuted a crime.

Fits with Jessie Jackson's assessment as well:

''There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life,'' Jesse Jackson said several years ago, ''than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.''

The Color of Suspicion
Published: June 20, 1999
(Page 5 of 20)
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/20/magazine/the-color-of-suspicion.html?pagewanted=5

7 posted on 04/26/2012 4:38:00 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I'm with Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney - Anybody but Obama, because I trust their judgment.)
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To: ColdOne

W.

T.

F...


8 posted on 04/26/2012 4:38:38 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Happy Rain

Most of the stuff that government does when fiddling in the private sphere with good intentions, backfires in unforeseen consequences.

Online presence is a bigger worry for a lot of people. A few goofy remarks on Facebook and the hapless job seeker will never know what hit him (or passed over him).


9 posted on 04/26/2012 4:41:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ColdOne
All other standards everywhere else have been so lowered so that Blacks qualify...WHY NOT.

Go to a government office these days and try to get a Black person to help you. Good luck.

BTW, this (lowering the standards) started 45 years ago with schoool teachers and school integration.

Now you have to hire 'X' number of unqualified Blacks even when there are other qualified people available.

Hard work, dedication, and achievement no longer matter.

10 posted on 04/26/2012 4:45:54 PM PDT by blam
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To: ColdOne
"The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on criminal background checks is part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites."

Or the employer could just do more hiring for factory positions in China and India and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can pound sand. Then they can say they'll hire all the minority Ph.D.s and engineers in their field that they can find.

The strategy seems to work for Apple Computer. Why would any employer in their right mind want to deal with this?

11 posted on 04/26/2012 4:46:43 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Happy Rain
"Nobody is going to hire a blank slate..."

Have you looked in the Oval Office lately?

12 posted on 04/26/2012 4:49:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Driving the economy and business down into the dump is their clear objective -— and it increases dependence on government handouts (and thusly they believe more people will vote for them). Almost nobody is hiring already today, due in large measure to the impending Obamacare mandates and other tax increases they have scheduled on horizon. Being unable to ascertain if the job applicant is a mass murderer or serial rapist is yet a further barrier to hiring - as no responsible employer will take such people into their places of business. More and more unemployment, worse and worser economy... America wake up or go down the toilet. Vote in November! Campaign and vote! Please don’t sit it out. We tried that last time and look what happened to our country. Thank you.


13 posted on 04/26/2012 4:50:49 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (why is illicit sex good politically for only one party's politicians?)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Please, I don't like to underestimate the intelligence of the American public—so let us call 2008 an enigmatic fluke or else all hope is indeed lost.
14 posted on 04/26/2012 4:56:29 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Not all Democrats are Bums but all Bums are Democrats".)
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To: ColdOne

so now, if an employer cares about arrest records they’ll have to base decisions on the group a potential employee belongs too (e.g. race) rather than the background of the specific employee they are interviewing? And the people ordering these limits are admitting that some groups of people have higher arrest records than others. Either their motives aren’t what they claim, or they aren’t thinking (my guess is that they aren’t thinking)


15 posted on 04/26/2012 4:56:38 PM PDT by LostPassword
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To: BenLurkin

“That is for the prospective employer to decide.”

Not in Obama’s America.


16 posted on 04/26/2012 5:01:55 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: ColdOne

SOLUTION: Just “Circular File” all applicants with Afrocentric names. The drug screen will take care of the rest.


17 posted on 04/26/2012 5:02:07 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: ColdOne

part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.

Well duh. That’s the whole point of background checks. It’s easier to keep them out beforehand than it is to get rid of them after they repeatedly eff up on the job


18 posted on 04/26/2012 5:02:49 PM PDT by Figment
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To: ColdOne
U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities

How about protecting us?

19 posted on 04/26/2012 5:05:17 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Joe 6-pack

Best retort on FR, ever!


20 posted on 04/26/2012 5:06:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: ColdOne

Yet another example of the progressives trying to legislate outcomes rather than opportunities. And, like the others, this is destined to fail in the long run.

It’s time for minorities of all stripes to accept responsibility for their lot in life. This garbage notion of restricting use of criminal background data in making hiring decisions should rather be a wake-up call for folks to maybe NOT GET ARRESTED, maybe STAY OUT OF TROUBLE...


21 posted on 04/26/2012 5:08:38 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: berdie

later


22 posted on 04/26/2012 5:10:01 PM PDT by berdie
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To: ColdOne
Lefties believe that Erie Holder's people are inferior, which is why they consider it to be racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.

But don't you dare call THEM the racists!

23 posted on 04/26/2012 5:12:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: ColdOne

Let me guess. They’ve been using the Secret Service as a test case for this approach for the past few years, and so far it’s working out great.


24 posted on 04/26/2012 5:13:24 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: ColdOne

So criminal background checks are now considered racist?


25 posted on 04/26/2012 5:23:45 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

“So criminal background checks are now considered racist?”
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Pretty much. We have a production studio in Hollywood and we just make sure that we do not hire liberals through a series of “tests”. What’’s the first test? If you drive in a Prius with an obama sticker at the back, we’ll make sure we make it a 5 minute interview so not to arouse suspicions ;)


26 posted on 04/26/2012 5:42:15 PM PDT by max americana
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To: wetgundog

“The drug screen will take care of the rest.”

I had just been through surgery and two hours before my pre-employment drug screen had received two shots containing lidocaine. The drug screen came back negative. I told my employer, to whom I had provided medical records, “You are wasting your money.”


27 posted on 04/26/2012 5:47:26 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: ColdOne

Eventually what’s going to happen with this insane policy is some newly hired “deserving” ex-con is going to assault or rape or rob another non-deserving employee at his company and Mr non-deserving employee, when they’re released from the hospital is going to be part owner of said company after they win their lawsuits.


28 posted on 04/26/2012 5:52:37 PM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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To: ColdOne

On my first real job at Bell Aerospace which, of course, had mostly government contracts, I had to obtain a security clearance before I could be hired. Now, this was just after we stopped using Roman Numerals, well actually late 1960s.

Even back then the government was in the business of racist discrimination as there was a directive for Bell and others to actively seek minorities (at that time there was really on one minority involved) with .... wait for it...... criminal records. WTF?

Bad enough our government was directly involved in racist hiring practices but to give additional points for criminal records was just beyond logic in this universe.

There are so few things government does well it simply points to the brilliance of the Founders who did everything possible to limit its size and power. Too bad we have let them down.


29 posted on 04/26/2012 6:02:15 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: All

this is the democrats attempt to secure the felon vote.. Oh, they already have that..


30 posted on 04/26/2012 6:04:46 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Liz; AuntB; SandRat; cripplecreek; ExTexasRedhead

We’ve got to get this administration out of the White House ASAP. I’m not certain that we can survive a second Obama term.


31 posted on 04/26/2012 6:13:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: wetgundog

“SOLUTION: Just “Circular File” all applicants with Afrocentric names. The drug screen will take care of the rest.”

Expect in the future to see drug screening by employers banned as well, as being “discriminatory” and having a “disparate impact” on certain ethnic groups.

Actually, wasn’t there just a court decision down in Florida about this within the past day or two?


32 posted on 04/26/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m not voting for Romney.


33 posted on 04/26/2012 6:17:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ColdOne

Serial killer? No problem. Multiple rapist? Give him a corner office. After all, they’ve “rehabilitated.”


34 posted on 04/26/2012 6:21:11 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: cripplecreek

Romney is easy to dislike. My state’s primary is May 8 and I won’t be voting for him in the primary.


35 posted on 04/26/2012 6:29:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: ColdOne

I smell a statistical rat.

> “She cited Justice Department statistics showing that 1 in
> 3 black men and 1 in 6 Hispanic men will be incarcerated
> during their lifetime. That compares with 1 in 17 white
> men who will serve time.”

The trick here is in “Hispanic men”. She includes illegal aliens. 10% of US prisoners are in prison for immigration offenses only. Add to them the illegal aliens in prison for other offenses, and the remainder are probably close to the “white men” statistic.

Thus, it seems that this policy is solely to force employment of ex-convict black men, and just pretends to also benefit Hispanics.


36 posted on 04/26/2012 6:46:28 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: ColdOne

If you read the whole article, this regulation does not exempt employers where state laws do not allow a person to be hired because of a criminal offense. So, you can follow state law and be breaking a federal law. Crazy stuff.


37 posted on 04/26/2012 6:47:10 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: ColdOne

Any company that does business on goverment contracts has to abide by their rules. Affirmative action candidates have taken over everywhere in the company I work for. I was in my HR mangers office the other day (an affirmative action candidate herself) and noticed every binder in her office had to with quotas and preferential hiring. When are WE going to stop all of this madness?


38 posted on 04/26/2012 7:06:12 PM PDT by kneehurts
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To: Clintonfatigued
I just filled in my absentee ballot last night. The only federal office candidate was for my House rep. No presidential choices on the Idaho Republican ballot. That may have been accomplished by the "caucus" that I missed a few months back.
39 posted on 04/26/2012 7:06:42 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Joe 6-pack

“”Nobody is going to hire a blank slate...”
Have you looked in the Oval Office lately?”

Post of the month !


40 posted on 04/26/2012 7:14:50 PM PDT by Celerity
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Online presence is a bigger worry for a lot of people. A few goofy remarks on Facebook and the hapless job seeker will never know what hit him (or passed over him).
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Or simply sharing a name with someone with a large online presence... HR is lazy ,, you’ll never get past their filters..


41 posted on 04/26/2012 7:25:36 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: ColdOne

Protect them from what? A criminal record?


42 posted on 04/26/2012 7:31:24 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Happy Rain

Meanwhile, the drumbeat of Dictator Obama grows louder:

regulate -— control -— destroy -— Regulate -— control -— destroy -— REgulate -— control -— destroy -— REGulate -— control -— destroy -— REGU


43 posted on 04/26/2012 8:06:19 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: gunnut

Reminds me of Ayn Rand.


44 posted on 04/26/2012 8:09:57 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: ColdOne

Is this limited to non-whites? Because I have always been steamed by the overuse of credit score checks by nearly every employer these days. It is NONE of their business if you won’t be handling money or customers’ accounts in your job, and many people have crappy credit scores these days that didn’t in 2007.


45 posted on 04/26/2012 9:19:23 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
Is this limited to non-whites? Because I have always been steamed by the overuse of credit score checks by nearly every employer these days. It is NONE of their business if you won’t be handling money or customers’ accounts in your job, and many people have crappy credit scores these days that didn’t in 2007.

I don't run a company and don't make hiring decisions, but I could easily be convinced that credit scores are a reasonable proxy for the now-forbidden IQ test. While I am certain there are many exceptions, I would bet that a guy who has managed to stay out of financial trouble is smarter than a guy who has gotten into financial trouble, and has stayed there.

Now the best hire of all might be the guy who has gotten into trouble and has made his way out of it.

46 posted on 04/26/2012 10:30:15 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you for stating what should be obvious.


47 posted on 04/27/2012 7:00:54 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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