EEOC sues over criminal background checks

Jun 11, 2013 Full story: Northern Michigan News 34

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

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The Incomparable Axe

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jun 11, 2013
Is it discriminatory to screen job applicants for criminal history?

Of course it is.

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#2 Jun 12, 2013
Just another sign of the loss of common sense....like the self-serving term, profiling.....

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#3 Jun 12, 2013
If I started up my own business, I should not be forced to give jobs to criminals. let criminals start their own businesses and employ other criminals.

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#4 Jun 12, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
If I started up my own business, I should not be forced to give jobs to criminals. let criminals start their own businesses and employ other criminals.
Look's like they have with the...EEOC.....when did human's lose their COMMON SENSE?

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#5 Jun 12, 2013
"The two lawsuits are the first since the agency issued revised guidance last year to warn employers against using overly broad criminal checks in a way that could limit job opportunities for people with past convictions. The commission says it wants to reduce barriers to employment for those with past criminal records who "have been held accountable and paid their dues."

"Of the 88 workers fired, 70 were black. Some had worked for BMW through the contractor for more than a decade, the EEOC alleged in a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Spartanburg. The commission claims the BMW policy is a "blanket exclusion" without any regard for the nature and gravity of the crimes, how old they are, or whether they are relevant to the type of work being performed."

these are the issues at hand. the polices were challenged because they were obviously discriminative and unfair.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#6 Jun 12, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
If I started up my own business, I should not be forced to give jobs to criminals. let criminals start their own businesses and employ other criminals.
how is a person forever a criminal because they committed a specific criminal act some time ago? some of these people had been employed for over 10 years in their perspective positions, then new management took over and over road previous specifications for hiring people with previous records and wrongfully fired these individuals. this is what this is about. has nothing to do with "criminals."

you started your own business...woop de do!! im sure your don't even have enough capital or business coming in to hire someone anyway.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#7 Jun 12, 2013
The Incomparable Axe wrote:
Is it discriminatory to screen job applicants for criminal history?
Of course it is.
this is not about screening jobs applicants for criminal history. did you even read the article? no you didn't.

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#8 Jun 12, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Look's like they have with the...EEOC.....when did human's lose their COMMON SENSE?
Lol! It's complicated. Most people deserve a second chance, especially if they committed their crimes when they were teenagers.
But also enterprising people who have the courage to go out there and start their own businesses, shouldn't be forced to hire people they don't 100% trust.

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#9 Jun 12, 2013
dragonpat wrote:
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how is a person forever a criminal because they committed a specific criminal act some time ago? some of these people had been employed for over 10 years in their perspective positions, then new management took over and over road previous specifications for hiring people with previous records and wrongfully fired these individuals. this is what this is about. has nothing to do with "criminals."
you started your own business...woop de do!! im sure your don't even have enough capital or business coming in to hire someone anyway.
Stop posting like a teenaged drop out and post like a grown woman.
In a perfect world these rules would be easily enforced.Employers and business owners would check to see if yoru criminal past would have any effect on your ability to do the job.
But in reality, if YOU remortgaged your house, borrowed your mom and dad's retirement, and borrowed your sister's life savings to start your won business, you probably would not hire someone with a criminal record, when there are many qualified people who have not committed crimes.
That's how human beings are, when they own the business and they have borrowed from people who love then to be able to start the company.

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#10 Jun 12, 2013
*retirement fund/savings

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#11 Jun 13, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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Lol! It's complicated. Most people deserve a second chance, especially if they committed their crimes when they were teenagers.
But also enterprising people who have the courage to go out there and start their own businesses, shouldn't be forced to hire people they don't 100% trust.
..Absolutemundo.....thanks....
fnord

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Jun 13, 2013
Bad life choices have consequences; and the government will never be able to jail all the people who refuse to hire criminals, or even prove that they did so.

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#13 Jun 13, 2013
fnord wrote:
Bad life choices have consequences; and the government will never be able to jail all the people who refuse to hire criminals, or even prove that they did so.
Absolutemundo.

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#14 Jun 13, 2013
...R.I.P...Common Sense in America....Hate to see it go....

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#16 Jun 13, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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Stop posting like a teenaged drop out and post like a grown woman.
In a perfect world these rules would be easily enforced.Employers and business owners would check to see if yoru criminal past would have any effect on your ability to do the job.
But in reality, if YOU remortgaged your house, borrowed your mom and dad's retirement, and borrowed your sister's life savings to start your won business, you probably would not hire someone with a criminal record, when there are many qualified people who have not committed crimes.
That's how human beings are, when they own the business and they have borrowed from people who love then to be able to start the company.
this is not about your personal views, feelings or how YOU would do in your own particular situation.

this is about law and ethics and in this case, violations occurred.

stop making your own self important. no one gives a damned about you and how you feel.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#17 Jun 13, 2013
Another Day wrote:
<quoted text>You must have been turned down for a job because you have a crimal past. Bottom line if they didn't put the info of a crimal past on their application then they lied which is a great reason to fire someone or not to hire them. To many times where something bad has happen at the work place and people find out this person had a crmal record and the company gets sued. Teachers are a great example, so stop breaking the law ok.
your another fool who did not read the article. just shut up you stupid person. blk people aren't the only ones with criminal records! LOL!! I know that is where you are getting at.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#18 Jun 13, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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Absolutemundo.
a stupid moe like you would be the first one to get robbed by someone who did a crime 15 years ago and now can't get a job. get out of here you dummy!

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#19 Jun 13, 2013
dragonpat wrote:
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this is not about your personal views, feelings or how YOU would do in your own particular situation.
this is about law and ethics and in this case, violations occurred.
stop making your own self important. no one gives a damned about you and how you feel.
I would employ people with criminal records.I was just explaining to you the mindset of people who don't and why these laws can never be enforced.
Laws made to criminalize people who don't want to employ a group of people who don't respect laws themselves!

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#20 Jun 13, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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I would employ people with criminal records.I was just explaining to you the mindset of people who don't and why these laws can never be enforced.
Laws made to criminalize people who don't want to employ a group of people who don't respect laws themselves!
where in link did it say people were being criminalized for not hiring folk with criminal records? READ THE LINK. goofy bells!
aisling-

Marion, OH

#21 Jun 13, 2013
That's why it doesn't pay to lead a life of crime. No employer should be expected to put their business at risk. If a person wants to throw their life away, that's their business but with that come consequences for those actions.

Great, just what we need. More frivolous lawsuits and as if the courts aren't tied up as it is.

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