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Pepsi Beverages pays $3.1 million to settle federal race discrimination charges
Washington Post ^ | Jan 11, 2012

Posted on 01/11/2012 7:14:47 PM PST by posterchild

WASHINGTON — Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime.

The settlement announced Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is part of a national government crackdown on hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.

EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, and denied employment to others who were convicted of minor offenses.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: backgroundchecks; discrimination; hiringprocedures; pepsi

1 posted on 01/11/2012 7:14:56 PM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild

Government extortion.


2 posted on 01/11/2012 7:18:25 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: posterchild

hmmm i detest what the govt is doing but I also detest Pepsico


3 posted on 01/11/2012 7:19:30 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: posterchild
"hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics"

Now just WHY are Criminal Background Checks somehow discriminating against Blacks and Hispanics?

I guess in the same way that Voter ID is "dis-enfranchising" Minorities.....

LOL

4 posted on 01/11/2012 7:20:26 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: posterchild

You’d think Pepsi’s logo which closely resembles the national symbol of political idiocy would save them from the O regime. Guess not.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 7:21:40 PM PST by max americana (Obama is a POS)
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To: posterchild
the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records

Well I can understand this, it effectively excludes democrats from the workforce.

6 posted on 01/11/2012 7:21:44 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Go Steelers (what's the baseball team called again?))
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To: posterchild
Criminals are now a protected class on Zero's Amerika. Sickening. Gangsters, thugs and smugglers are thoroughly respected.

Applicants with criminal records are encouraged to apply!

7 posted on 01/11/2012 7:23:01 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: traditional1

“Now just WHY are Criminal Background Checks somehow discriminating against Blacks and Hispanics?”

Maybe, just maybe because they commit a disproportionate percentage of all the crimes, Ya think?


8 posted on 01/11/2012 7:25:44 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: posterchild


9 posted on 01/11/2012 7:27:41 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: vette6387

Discriminating against criminals affects criminals disproportionately.

Who could have predicted!

Why wouldn’t any self-respecting company fall over itself to hire thieves, etc.?

I guess I just don’t understand business...


10 posted on 01/11/2012 7:29:57 PM PST by One Name
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To: posterchild

So that’s why my Pepsi stock hasn’t been doing so well.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 7:31:31 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: One Name

Let’s see now. It’s wrong to do criminal background checks. It’s wrong to require a high school diploma. It’s wrong to ask for identification. It’s wrong to require drug testing for welfare recipients.


12 posted on 01/11/2012 7:33:17 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: John Semmens

Ping to hilarious source material.
Most blacks and hispanics are criminals, according to the EEOC.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 7:34:15 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: posterchild; potlatch; PhilDragoo; bitt

Shakedown, most recent installment.


14 posted on 01/11/2012 7:36:29 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: driftdiver

As usual much is not told, such as if a formal acquittal or propmt dropping of all charges served to nullify Pepsico’s concern about an arrest. Gun owners should especially be aware of crimes-on-paper.


15 posted on 01/11/2012 7:36:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Past Your Eyes

Pepsico not too long ago, and maybe still now, had a process in which they used aborted fetal kidney cells to somehow evaluate the flavorings in their soft drinks. How that is supposed to beat out the old fashioned taste test, I do not know.


16 posted on 01/11/2012 7:39:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: posterchild
One may surmise from the basis of the EEOC's lawsuit that they automatically assume that all blacks and hispanics must have criminal records becase they are black or hispanic.

I say we sue the EEOC for racist practices.

17 posted on 01/11/2012 7:42:30 PM PST by 60Gunner (Eternal vigilance or eternal rest. Make your choice.)
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To: ladyjane

I happen to work at a prison (since the early 80’s); I am all for giving people a second chance, in a controlled situation.

But, should we force employers to do so? Hell, no!


18 posted on 01/11/2012 7:44:55 PM PST by One Name
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To: vette6387
"Maybe, just maybe because they commit a disproportionate percentage of all the crimes, Ya think?

Yeah; I KNOW that's the fact, but to say so gets you branded "RACIST"!

LOL

19 posted on 01/11/2012 7:44:55 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: posterchild

The use of arrest records is stupid. Other than that it really should be none of the governments business.

The ironic thing is that it is the government who produces these records in the first place. They sell the data which is then aggregated by private companies. Any such private company who sells arrest data for pre-employment screening is foolish. Conviction data is another matter entirely.


20 posted on 01/11/2012 7:52:58 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: posterchild
A company that knowingly hires a "known" fellon or someone who has committed a violent IS responsible in the eyes of the courts if this employee engages in violence in the workplace.

This is a two edged sword. Forcing companies to hire known offenders, and especially if they have committed violent acts endangers the rest of the workforce.

In the past, law abiding citizens wanted to work for major corporations because they refuse to hire known law-breakers, in large part because the corporation would be sued if a violent employee killed or hurt other employess with the know record.....

This is literally an OBAMA-NATION in the eyes of the law (blind justice) and for use Bible totters.

21 posted on 01/11/2012 7:55:42 PM PST by Jumper
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To: HiTech RedNeck
How that is supposed to beat out the old fashioned taste test, I do not know.

That's because Pepsi products taste so crappy, they had to find something that had no choice BUT to stay and react to the foul stimuli. Adult human taste testers kept quitting.

22 posted on 01/11/2012 8:12:49 PM PST by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: posterchild

The legal and regulatory environment - insanely stupid as it is - is one of the primary blockers of business.

This is an example of why lowering taxes is only 1/2 of the solution.


23 posted on 01/11/2012 8:18:11 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: posterchild

Of course, the state governments do the same thing. If you apply for a concealed carry permit in most states, they look at your arrest record. Is this unfair? According to the EEOC, it is.

The main reason the left favors such policies is that they reckon that minorities are disproportionately criminal, and they want to garner their votes. That is why they want felons to be able to vote, in spite of the regulations in some states: they know that most felons are with them politically. I think that it is because they are in the same line of work: taking from the productive citizens.


24 posted on 01/11/2012 8:27:17 PM PST by docbnj
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Under the settlement, the company will provide the EEOC with regular reports on its hiring practices and offer antidiscrimination training to its hiring personnel and managers.

$3.1 million fine is chump change to Pepsi but the real problem here is that the company in derogation of the rights of its stockholders to conduct their own affairs just handed the keys to racialist bureaucrats.


25 posted on 01/11/2012 8:27:25 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: posterchild

Is the government admitting that blacks and hispanics are in trouble with the law more than other races?


26 posted on 01/11/2012 8:34:06 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: Past Your Eyes; All; Attention Surplus Disorder
It's just the start:

1. Indra Nooyi, Pepsi's CEO is more focused on social programs than the profitability of the company.

2. They backed a candidate for president, disinfranchising 50% of their consumer base. They changed the company logo to match his.

3. They got their butts kicked in China resulting in them having to sell the ENTIRE Pepsi franchise to a Chinese partner. They were #4 in the marketplace there. #1 was Coke, #2 & #3 were companies nobody ever heard of, and then Pepsi.

4. They changed the logo of Tropicana O.J. from the straw in the orange to the stupid "panel" design.

5. They changed the name of Gatorade to "G." Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Indra won't make it through the year. Obama will hire her for something though.

27 posted on 01/11/2012 8:52:41 PM PST by Partisan Hack
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To: docbnj

“That is why they want felons to be able to vote, in spite of the regulations in some states”

All states allow felons to vote, all 50 of them, conditions vary from state to state but all have provisions for felons to vote. Some after they have served their time, parole, probation etc. Maine and Vermont allow incarcerated felons to vote.

http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=286


28 posted on 01/11/2012 8:53:38 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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29 posted on 01/11/2012 9:05:39 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: posterchild

There appears to be a shortage of white criminals in this country.


30 posted on 01/11/2012 9:06:49 PM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: ntnychik

rats. hate ‘em.


31 posted on 01/11/2012 10:44:33 PM PST by bitt (Socialism works great until you run out of Chinese money.)
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