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Perform Criminal Background
Checks at Your Peril

The Wall Street Journal, by JAMES BOVARD

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Posted By:ConradNY, 2/17/2013 11:08:03 AM

Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. ... It is difficult to overstate the EEOC´s zealotry on this issue. The agency is demanding that one of Mr. Livingston´s clients—the Freeman Companies, a convention and corporate events planner—pay compensation to rejected job applicants who lied about their criminal records.
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This is one of the most sickening things Obama has done.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kewmac, 2/17/2013 11:21:24 AM     (No. 9181524)

Yet another reason to outsource as much of your business as possible.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/17/2013 11:29:09 AM     (No. 9181535)

These people are nuts!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/17/2013 11:29:12 AM     (No. 9181536)

So, let convicted identiy thieves work for credit card companies! And - bankrobbers can be tellers!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 2/17/2013 11:33:43 AM     (No. 9181541)

As I understand it, prisoners have worked for years on phone lines, for all sorts of companies you might call. What happened to making license plates, & doing laundry?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/17/2013 11:37:17 AM     (No. 9181548)

Back in the 1980s, the EEOC sued the city of San Antonio, Texas, for using criminal records to disqualify police applicants. EEOC said that had the unfortunate impact on hispanics and blacks, who were more likely to have criminal records.
The EEOC lost.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/17/2013 11:39:57 AM     (No. 9181551)

Federal bureaucrats, reaching out to their main constituency.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JimS, 2/17/2013 11:44:57 AM     (No. 9181558)

It is only fair that the private sector should follow the path blazed by Obama in his public sector (including Czar positions) hiring.
Obama has hired or surrounded himself with more convicted and unindicted felons than any Administration in history--Tim Geithner, Eric "The Red" Holder, Bill Ayers, Kas Sunstein, Bernadatte Dohrn, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, etc.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 2/17/2013 12:04:47 PM     (No. 9181591)

This is absurd. Looks like the US is headed for a violent revolution at some point.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LWGII, 2/17/2013 12:04:52 PM     (No. 9181592)

Well, duh. How else could a low information O voter ever get a job?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grampstosix, 2/17/2013 12:05:01 PM     (No. 9181593)

As the article points out the regulation will hurt rather than help blacks because employers will simply not consider them in the first place. Of course a way around the reg is to get a detailed and verifiable employment history from a job applicant.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pearson365, 2/17/2013 12:22:07 PM     (No. 9181608)

The simplest method for avoiding this Obama maddness is to not hire at all. This EEOC obstacle just reinforces the no-hiring response of American businesses, which has already been burdened with 4 years of Obama.

If you have 49 or less employees, your firm is exempt from ObamaCare, so adding 1 employee makes all 50 employees subject to either mandatory insurance or the per employee fine that Justice Roberts called a tax. To avoid hitting the Fatal 50, buy a machine, work overtime or hire workers who are only permitted to work less than 30 hours per week.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: artman1746, 2/17/2013 12:25:56 PM     (No. 9181617)

This is just more of Obama racism ;all about the prisons and felons being overwhelmingly black. They can´t vote so he´s trying to do anything to get votes with no regard for the safety of others....especially whites. Of course it´s other blacks that will be the the victims. But you have to break some eggs to make an omelette, right?

This guy is simply an out and out black racist. It will all get clearer even to the doubters as we progress toward the end of his term. Or would that be "regress".

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Reply 13 - Posted by: j9zig2009, 2/17/2013 12:28:36 PM     (No. 9181619)

The stunning part is the crushing effect on states requirements for criminal background checks for certain jobs such as caring for elderly, disabled and children. State laws require criminal background checks and prohibit hiring of those convicted of violent crimes, theft, forgery etc. A facility is licensed by the state and they could lose their license if they hire people w/prohibitive offense. The EEOC says this is ok.

The EEOC is declaring open season on the vulnerable elderly, disabled and children. The background check is a tool to prevent abuse. If this is enforced, look for upheaval on the state and local levels.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 2/17/2013 12:42:48 PM     (No. 9181644)

It would seem that the liberal notion of ´morals and background´ are now so fantasy driven - any ´expose´ of such could well strike ´em as an emergency scenario requiring legal bars to ´examination´.

So to recap - we already have *government* workers who are routinely criminals, and since they´re the ones ´in charge´, why is it odd they´d want the rest of society permeated by their class of individuals?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 2/17/2013 12:44:20 PM     (No. 9181647)

An ´afterthought´...

If ´lying about one´s records´ were indeed a ´criminal offense´ - Obama would be behind bars.

A most amusing thought!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: miceal, 2/17/2013 1:00:04 PM     (No. 9181663)

The EEOC is just another government agency that should be zeroed out on funding. The list is VERY LONG and I´m waiting for the House Republicans to get off their collective arses and STOP writing the checks....

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/17/2013 1:10:29 PM     (No. 9181676)

Another instance of an election having consequences, the EEOC is primarily staffed by ultra liberals, and most of those minority criminals and their family members are liberal Democrat constituencies, so what do you expect such an agency to do?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/17/2013 2:34:14 PM     (No. 9181780)

I´ve got an idea - make it a condition of employment that every employee own a gun!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 2/17/2013 3:37:48 PM     (No. 9181843)

I see...I was wondering from just where Obama came up with the people he has been hiring...Now I know.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: chance_232, 2/17/2013 3:48:27 PM     (No. 9181871)

Business stopped hiring convicts when they were held liable for any crimes that a convict employee might commit.

Which begs the question......if its unlawful to discriminate against convicts, can the employer still be held liable?

And this begs another question.... WHEN is a man or woman considered rehabilitated? In today´s climate, the only employment that an ex-con can hope for is part time minimum wage from a small company. There is little chance that these people will ever be afforded the opportunity to get their life in order.

Would I hire an ex-con? Maybe... Would my company? Absolutely not.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: get er done, 2/17/2013 4:53:00 PM     (No. 9181932)

Imagine a defense government contractor hiring people with serious criminal histories and then trying to get them high level security clearances.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: ConradNY, 2/17/2013 10:53:57 PM     (No. 9182249)

People shouldn´t commit felonies if they want to be able to work at good jobs.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MickTurn, 2/18/2013 6:48:10 AM     (No. 9182438)

EEOC, the answer is NO. Not until you put up a $10 million bond for each and every felon hired to cover for potential damage to the company and customers.

Next issue!

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