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Are criminals a protected class?

That's the idea behind a proposed DC law propounded by ex-felon and current City Council member Marion Barry. Even the Washington Post is opposed. Hans Bader notes that the D.C. Employment Justice Project and the Washington Lawyers� Committee for Civil Rights have the chutzpah to criticize the bill for not going far enough. The vote is today; if it passes, DC firms may be in the situation where they're liable for negligent hiring for employing convicted criminals who commit crimes, but subject to discrimination lawsuits if they attempt to protect themselves from such litigation.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.