EEOC Exposes Discrimination in use of Criminal History Searches

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance Document expresses discrimination concerns of the use of criminal history searches in modern day employment screening practices.  The document emphasizes the huge race and national origin disparity shown by the number of arrests; convictions and prison time of minorities verse Whites. This disparity makes it much more difficult for minorities to get jobs and thus increases recidivism based on lack of opportunity continuing the vicious cycle that stagnates the problem and doesn’t seek to fix it.

The Enforcement Guidance states that in the USA as many as 1 in 3 African American men and 1 in 6 Hispanic men are expected to serve time in prison verses only 1 in 17 White men.  It is quoted that, “African Americans and Hispanics are arrested at a rate that is 2 to 3 times their proportion of the general population (assuming that current incarceration rates remain unchanged).
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