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The Feds Make It A Crime Not to Hire Criminals

Recorded on May 4, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Most employers check whether job applicants have a criminal record.

A thief could pull an inside job and steal from you.

Someone convicted of drunk driving is not a good choice for a delivery driver. A drug user may not stay sharp and alert on the job.

And if they have a history of violence, would co-workers be safe with them around?

Maybe the applicant has straightened out their life. But you don't find out if you cannot ask.

Yet the EEOC—the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—thinks otherwise. Their brand-new guideline says because minorities are more likely to have convictions, it's illegal discrimination to consider criminal records in deciding who to hire. Unless, of course, you can convince the EEOC it was a business necessity not to hire someone. Good luck convincing those bureaucrats of anything that involves common-sense.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.