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EEOC launches hiring crackdown

Per the NLJ, it's employers' lucky day:

The federal government has launched an initiative aimed at cracking down on discriminatory hiring practices in the workplace -- a program that could land unsuspecting employers in court, employment attorneys are warning....

Specifically, the EEOC will focus on hiring decisions that are based on names, arrest and conviction records, employment and personality tests and credit scores -- all of which may disparately impact people of color....

Many states have laws that restrict employers from asking about or considering criminal records when hiring. The EEOC holds that if an employer denies a job to an applicant because he or she has a criminal record, it could be considered discrimination if the person is a minority.

For more on efforts to keep employers from taking applicants' criminal records into account, see Overlawyered, Feb. 13 and links from there.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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