The racism in this line boggles the mind. Felon=black. WTF?!
But no, that's what the federal government is saying. And you might go to jail if you disagree.
From the EEOC:
There is no Federal law that clearly prohibits an employer from asking about arrest and conviction records. However, using such records as an absolute measure to prevent an individual from being hired could limit the employment opportunities of some protected groups and thus cannot be used in this way. (via Hot Air)Oh, so not just blacks. I guess Latinos as well. "Protected groups."
Some interesting questions have been brought up. If you have been convicted of having sex with little kids, does that mean you are being discriminated against if a day-care center won't hire you?
And Ed Morrissey at Hot Air brings up another good point:
...if truly unfair discrimination has become so rare that the EEOC has to attack reasonable and rational choices in hiring based on the actual record of the applicant, hasn’t the EEOC argued for its own dismantling?And doesn't the absolute failure of the teacher's union-dominated dept. of education argue for it's dismantling?
Snip, snip, snip. There's a whooooole lotta crap that needs chopped out of the Fed before we can get back to being a free nation and the states can get back to doing the jobs that the Fed repeatedly fails at.