Feds file civil rights suits on companies using criminal background checks for hires
By Joseph Weber
Published June 22, 2013
The Obama administration is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in South Carolina for the alleged unfair use of criminal background checks for job applicants, months after warning companies about how such screenings can discriminate against African Americans.
The suits were filed June 11 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which last year issued new guidelines that cautioned against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommended businesses eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.”
The suits have re-ignited concerns over such issues as potential federal overreach, the overlap of state and federal law and companies losing their rights to protect customers, workers and assets while trying to adhere to fair hiring practices.
Gee. Why would Dollar General worry about a potential employee having a criminal record of, perhaps, theft? Or violence? Or chemical use/abuse? And why would BMW worry about a potential employee having a criminal record of embezzlement? Or violence? Or chemical use/abuse? This isn’t just moronic, it’s perversely evil. And racist, since the premise of the suit is that blacks are some sort of criminal class!