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Criminal Background Checks: Okay for Gun Sales, but Not for Hiring?

James Bovard had a good op-ed on Friday in the Wall Street Journal (flagged in NRO’s “Web Briefing”) on the EEOC’s warning to employers that they “Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril.” The problem, says the EEOC, is that such checks can have a disproportionate impact on some racial and ethnic groups. Now a federal lawsuit has been filed, taking the Obama administration’s cue, and “alleging that the NCAA’s 2011 rule which permanently bars, among other things, convicted felons from coaching in NCAA-certified tournaments, discriminates against African-Americans . . .”


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