The relentless government intrusion into every facet of our lives continues unabated. They don’t even have the slightest sense of shame or get the irony in the wake of the NSA revelations and Obama’s IRS scandal. Yet here we have people actually looking to hire in this moribund economy and they’re getting hassled by the stormtroopers from the EEOC.
Federal regulators Tuesday accused two large employers of improperly using criminal-background checks in hiring, the latest salvo in a contentious debate over whether such screening amounts to discrimination against black applicants.
In complaints filed in federal courts in Illinois and South Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two companies discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a U.S. unit of German auto maker BMW AG generally barred potential employees based on the criminal checks, when they should have reviewed each applicant. The commission said the policies had the effect of discriminating against black applicants.
Oh, it’s raaaaacist. Now we get it. So what is the EEOC saying, blacks are more likely to be criminals? Now that would be racist, right? But let’s face it. In modern America you just can’t win. If you’re not hiring you’ll be harassed by the left, and if you use wise business judgment and avoid hiring undesirables, then you’re racist. Heads they win, tails you lose.
The suits underscore increasing government scrutiny of criminal and credit checks, which are widely used to screen job applicants. Some 92% of employers use criminal-background checks for some or all job openings, according to a 2010 survey by the Society of Human Resource Management.
It’s OK, apparently, for the federal government to scrutinize everything you do, yet if you protect yourself by hiring wisely, you’re the bad guy. You just can’t win. But you know who should start doing better background check on employees? The federal government.