Unintended Consequences

Gail Heriot:

PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE: Argh! Despite the change in administrations, the EEOC continues to followthe policies developed during the Obama Administration, which declared it to be “race discrimination” to decline to hire job applicants with criminal records.

I wrote about that very wrongheaded policy back during the Obama Administration.   And yesterday I linked to new research that indicates that making it difficult for employers to ask job applicants about their criminal records ends up hurting low-skilled, young African American males (since it encourages risk-averse employers to avoid hiring from pools they perceive to be high-risk).

So far it would be difficult to tell the Trump Era EEOC from the Obama Era EEOC.

Here’s one idea for how to start moving in a new direction.