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Waterloo being asked to ban job bias for past crimes (DON'T discriminate against CRIMINALS!?)
Waterloo - Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | TIM JAMISON

Posted on 06/14/2012 10:50:47 AM PDT by newgeezer

Edited on 06/14/2012 11:00:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

WATERLOO, Iowa --- The city's Commission on Human Rights is pushing for an ordinance to prevent a criminal record from being used to deny a person employment.

Abraham Funchess Jr., the commission's executive director, said the city already bans job discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and age.


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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
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I heard about this on the Simon Conway show on WHO Radio yesterday. Equal opportunity for convicted criminals?!?! Words fail me.

1 posted on 06/14/2012 10:50:52 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: newgeezer

Waterloo Iowa is a LIBERAL N/E Iowa Feceshole!


2 posted on 06/14/2012 10:54:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: newgeezer

It’s getting worse. They’re in a full-court press to enact the most ridiculous laws and ordinances knowing that the American people are still asleep at the wheel.

So does this necessarily preclude a business from even running a criminal background check?

This isn’t pioneering or even early-adoption. This is inane and stupid and is bound to backfire through businesses leaving the area, en masse. As a business owner, regardless of the disposition of the crime, if you’ve committed one, from simple possession all the way up to murder, it indicates that you’re willing to break the law for your own gain.


3 posted on 06/14/2012 10:55:55 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: newgeezer

Note that these idiotic ideas are being put forward by members of the ‘political class’ - a.k.a. government criminals.

They are just working to ensure that their own jobs will be secure sometime down the road after their own criminality has been exposed.


4 posted on 06/14/2012 10:58:45 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: newgeezer

I remember Arizona State government having a policy to give ex-cons a second chance. It turned out they ended up with an embezzler working on a finance system. Guess that would be fine with folks in Waterloo.


5 posted on 06/14/2012 11:02:20 AM PDT by spaced
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To: newgeezer

I totally agree with the city council. A homosexual convicted of sodomizing boys should be hired as the head of Child Protective Services; convicted murderers, when released, should join the police force; convicted embezzlers should be hired by the city treasurer.


6 posted on 06/14/2012 11:03:38 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: newgeezer

So you have to hire a ex-con that had his license suspended 14 times for wreckless and careless driving so he can then drive the streets with a City Vehicle? HOw about putting him behind the wheel of a DPW Dump Truck.

Yeah that’ll work. Kinda like electing a Affirmative Action President.


7 posted on 06/14/2012 11:04:19 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: US Navy Vet

I must take exception to that. Depending on which side of the Cedar River you lived, it could be decent.


8 posted on 06/14/2012 11:06:38 AM PDT by brivette
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To: newgeezer

Before you know it, just about everybody will be in a “protected class”.


9 posted on 06/14/2012 11:09:39 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Zeppo

Ham on wry, eh. The politician class is looking out for its own.

Anyhow, companies like banks that are specially security conscious will especially freak out. How’d Waterloo like to meet a waterloo of no more banks in town? (Or jewelers, etc.)

From the standpoint of seeking to re-employ past prisoners, especially those who had only a single offense in something petty, it would be better to offer tax breaks to firms willing to shoulder the increased risk, with the rationale that these people might otherwise prove to be welfare tax burdens and disproportionately contribute to the drain on police services. With the insane network of prohibitions in law today, who hasn’t been guilty of some crime that would threaten serious jail time were the state omniscient?


10 posted on 06/14/2012 11:10:59 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Zeppo
government criminals ... working to ensure that their own jobs will be secure

You may be onto something there.

11 posted on 06/14/2012 11:11:11 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: spaced

And Arizona is supposedly rather conservative.

That sounds like a bureaucratic bungle. You wouldn’t want to put a past embezzler in a position with easy access to loosely accounted money any more than a recovering alcoholic should be a bartender.


12 posted on 06/14/2012 11:14:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: newgeezer

Why does Waterloo, Iowa have a Commission on Human Rights?


13 posted on 06/14/2012 11:16:18 AM PDT by Tublecane
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The city’s Commission on Human Rights..

WTF???

Why does a CITY need such a thing other than to burden taxpayers with the expense?


14 posted on 06/14/2012 11:17:31 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: newgeezer
FUTURE Waterloo Headline:

"Twice Convicted Pedophile Arrested in Child-Murder was Working for Parks Dept"
Parents to Sue: 'They knew his record and put him in a children's park.'

15 posted on 06/14/2012 11:17:43 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: newgeezer

In the past liberal employers would hire felons and Americans were robbed, raped and murdered by service men and store clerks a dime a dozen. People began suing companies for exposing them to danger. So the practice stopped.

Now they want to make it a civil right for released felons to prey upon the public and businesses. For Americans, this would be a disaster.


16 posted on 06/14/2012 11:56:09 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tublecane; bill1952
Why does Waterloo, Iowa have a Commission on Human Rights?

I'm sure it's for the same reason Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a Civil Rights Commission (maybe to appease certain special interest groups, hmm?).

At any rate, now that it exists, I'm also sure there's no way anyone who hopes to be re-elected will ever dare to suggest abolishing it.

17 posted on 06/14/2012 12:05:38 PM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: newgeezer

Quotas for Criminals!!!

Since they can’t read minds, that’s the only way to evaluate bias.

This is national! Not just Iowa!

“They” want convicts voting too!


18 posted on 06/14/2012 1:00:18 PM PDT by G Larry
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To: Tublecane
Why does Waterloo, Iowa have a Commission on Human Rights?

The same reason it now has a M. L. King Jr. Drive.

Mr. niteowl77

19 posted on 06/15/2012 3:33:18 AM PDT by niteowl77 (The last Republican will vote funds for the rope that the Democrats hang us with.)
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To: newgeezer
Words should fail you because you haven't a clue.

I know a man who, about three years ago, was a junkie and was busted for sales of a controlled substance. He went into rehab and is still drug free.

He cannot even get a job as a janitor in a local health club because of his arrest, even though he has turned his life around 180 degrees.

Look at the stupid laws we have in this country; nobody in this country can go a whole day without breaking one of them, and you want to deny someone convicted of breaking one of them a legal way to make a living?

And then we wonder why the recidivism rate is so high; they've been left with no other choice.


20 posted on 06/15/2012 5:04:02 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Waterloo Iowa is a LIBERAL N/E Iowa Feceshole!

I was going to ask why some dinky town in Iowa has a human rights commission. Now how did it get so liberal?

21 posted on 06/15/2012 5:11:36 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ex91B10
You personally don't have a clue either.

I attend several recovery ministries.
I know a lot of people who have turned their lives around.
I also know a lot who have not.

For those whose mess ups have been criminal, there is a system for restoration. It isn't perfect, but it functions.

It is called the pardon system and generally functions through the state governor. It requires effort. You have to jump through hoops. But it is a system that balances restoration with protecting society from incorrigibles.

Why don't you try helping your friend navigate that.

22 posted on 06/15/2012 5:24:33 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Moonman62

Waterloo is the home to a BIG John Deere plant. Therefore the UAW union is HUGE there. Are you getting the picture?


23 posted on 06/15/2012 5:56:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: ex91B10
Words should fail you because you haven't a clue.

Well, howdy-do to you, too, FRiend.

I know a man who...was a junkie and was busted...went into rehab and is still drug free. He cannot even get a job ...because of his arrest, even though he has turned his life around 180 degrees.

Sorry he can't find employment but, this just in: Choices have consequences, no matter what some allegedly well-meaning liberal enablers might want to say or do in a quest to change that simple fact of life. So, maybe he'll have to work for someone (e.g. from church) who knows him enough to trust him. Or, maybe he'll have to be a day-laborer until the job market turns around. Or, perhaps he's confined to a lifetime of self-employment. There are worse fates.

Look at the stupid laws we have in this country; nobody in this country can go a whole day without breaking one of them

Okay, since we're talking about criminal records, ... Seriously, what dark corner of the world are you in where “nobody can go a whole day”? Regardless, your solution is to pass yet another stupid law prohibiting employers from discriminating against ANY ex-cons (rehabilitated or not)? So much for freedom. Just one more reason for employers to close their doors and relocate somewhere else.

And then we wonder why the recidivism rate is so high; they've been left with no other choice.

No other choice? See above. Then, if you continue enabling them with excuses, you might want to redirect that "haven't a clue" bit.

24 posted on 06/18/2012 12:51:19 PM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: newgeezer
Okay, since we're talking about criminal records, ... Seriously, what dark corner of the world are you in where “nobody can go a whole day”?

The good old sheeple Ewe Essay, I believe. Did you toss a flashlight battery or, worse, a curly bulb in the trash? Not recycle something you ought to have? (Most all this crap due to LIBERALS, by the way.) We should be thankful the government is not omniscient.

25 posted on 06/18/2012 1:02:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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