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“Obama Sues For Discrimination”



 This story struck a chord with me.  My brother in law is a manager of a Dollar General store in Mobile,  Alabama.  He has run into a lot of hoopla with applicants in his travels.

So, according to our all wise and powerful President, what did the Dollar General company and BMW corporation both do in the means of “discrimination” that was  so horribly that it gained the attention of the White House? They ran criminal background checks on all of the people who applied for work with them.

Really? That’s considered discrimination?

The Obama administration says yes – because so many black applicants now a days have criminal records.  So that makes it totally racist!

I mean,  why would you hire a person at a daycare if he had done time in prison for child abuse?  This silly notion of trying to find out if someone who wants to work for you would also want to steal from you might seem like common sense to most of us.  To do a background check seems to be common sense to most of us. 

An employer might want to know if the applicant has a tendency to become violent with co-workers, or sell drugs on your property. I guess that this is no longer acceptable; not if the applicants are black. I guess it’s OK if they are some other color.

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 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.”

The suits have re-ignited concerns over such issues as potential federal overreach, the overlap of state and federal law and companies losing their rights to protect customers, workers and assets while trying to adhere to fair hiring practices.”

More at Fox News



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