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Discrimination Redefined

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The Obama administration has filed suit against two major companies that disqualify job applicants with serious criminal records. Statistics show that African-Americans are disproportionately arrested and convicted of such offenses, so the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges that evaluating a job-seeker’s violent history amounts to racial discrimination. But for the accused companies only 10% of black applicants and 7% of whites were disqualified on this basis – hardly the “gross disparity” the government claims.

Smaller percentages of African Americans receive college degrees, so would requirement of those credentials also amount to impermissible discrimination?  Discriminating for college graduates and against dangerous criminals may or may not be good ideas. But such policies have nothing to do with race and everything to do with business freedom to select the desired qualifications for prospective employees.

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  1. JGUY  •  Jun 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

    It seems to me that this court has become so open minded that their brains have fallen out.
    You cant ask a person about their criminal record if they apply for work in any field seems
    amazingly short sighted….and not allowing ID check for citizenship when voting….I dont get it
    but thats just me.. I know all illegal aliens will tell the truth at the voting polls…it is their nature….This is the same logic as was put forward years ago in several situations where it
    was asserted that children dont lie. Same illogic.

  2. Brennan  •  Jun 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I would not be very concerned whether someone is allowed to go to college based on their race or not allowed to get a job because they are a “dangerous criminal”. Only one (the latter) seems to even make a valid argument based on logical and truthful premises; the other (the former) is all but null to even argue unless one has a vested interest in a particular situation such as it effecting one’s opportunities (I would be interested in hearing about such cases and the surrounding circumstances).
    As an American what I would be concerned about is someone being discriminated against for such things as their credit score which, besides being very common, absolutely does create a “gross disparity” for those that have suffered financial hardships. It seems that our society has all but exchanged most racial and ethnic discrimination for economic and financial institutionalized discrimination. They have stopped judging people based on the color of their skin, instead started judging people based on a fabricated and ambiguous credit score, and still refuse to judge people based on the content of their character.

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