Aren’t you glad we have a federal government that is watching
every move we make over us? What would we do without them? I found this latest story at What Would The Founders Think. They wrote about it first in February of this year and now the story is coming to fruition. If you are a business owner, ie. someone who employs one or more people, this should give you reason for concern. Once again, the government is sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong.
Fox News – 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.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The Obama administration is suing companies that are using a criminal background check to help decide who they would like to hire to work at their businesses. What seems like a perfectly legitimate way of making sure they don’t hire a criminal is a big no-no. Heaven forbid a company choose to not hire someone because they have a criminal background. No, that’s a new definition of discrimination.
I know I am in full sarcasm mode writing this post, but give me a break. I realize not every person who has committed a crime is a career criminal. Some people do change their habits and behavior. It is, however, up to the company making the hiring decisions if they want to risk hiring them or not. It doesn’t matter if they are red, yellow, black, or white, if they have a criminal background, any given company is within their rights to refuse to hire them. It is their decision to make, not the federal government’s.
This puts companies in a no win situation. They want to make sure the people they hire can be trusted. That’s why they run the criminal background checks. The federal government, in its infinite wisdom and desire to force equality down our throats, has decided these companies shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Hence, the lawsuits. Another fine example of a federal government that is reaching far past its constitutional boundaries.