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Post  fshnski Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:47 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday accused two major companies discriminated against african Americans by using criminal background checks to screen out workers.

The growing use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions has become a flash point in the broader debate over high unemployment rates among African Americans. Not only did blacks lose more jobs and more wealth than other racial groups during the recession, they also have struggled to gain a foothold in the recovery — an issue some community leaders have called the next front in the civil rights movement. A criminal record, advocates say, is an economic scarlet letter that can send otherwise qualified applicants to the bottom of the pile.

Although the commission said employers are allowed to conduct background checks, it charged that the companies’ blanket policies of not hiring candidates with criminal records amounted to discrimination against African Americans. Justice Department statistics show that blacks accounted for 37 percent of those behind bars last year, even though they make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.

The EEOC is not alone in focusing on the role of criminal background checks in black employment. Since the recession, seven states — including Maryland — have adopted laws that prohibit employers from including questions about criminal history on job applications.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/two-companies-accused-of-discriminating-in-hiring/2013/06/11/b4d4f292-c173-11e2-8bd8-2788030e6b44_story.html?hpid=z1

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Post  fshnski Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:48 am

Yup! We're in control.

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Post  News Hawk Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:40 am

"...Not only did blacks lose more jobs and more wealth than other racial groups during the recession, they also have struggled to gain a foothold in the recovery — an issue some community leaders have called the next front in the civil rights movement. A criminal record, advocates say, is an economic scarlet letter that can send otherwise qualified applicants to the bottom of the pile..."

Against a proven recovery-businessman, they overwhelmingly voted for this "recovery"—from a mentored and trained "Redistributor".

Very Happy But they did get a free cellphone with 250 free minutes per month; sometimes, 30 of 'em for one person.

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Post  WHL Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:56 pm

Yup.  Make businesses hire the thiefs, the drunks, druggies and the lazy.  And then because you hired a truck driver who is a drunk, put them out of business.  This gov. sure does make things hard.  They don't allow something and then make it impossible for one to find out if the person they are hiring is free from that something.  Privacy issues you know.
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Post  fshnski Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:59 pm

My wife has to hire people without being able to contact their last employer.

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Post  WHL Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:17 pm

And I can tell you when you contact the last employer, nobody will tell you anything because they are afraid to.  So it doesn't really amount to anything.
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