Do the DC bureaucrats sit around thinking up the most absurd damage they can cause?
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) subjects applicants for employment to a credit check for most of its positions.
EEOC Chair Jacqueline A Berrien sued Kaplan Higher Ed Corp. for doing the same thing. Sued for the same practice the EEOC does!? Yes.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals threw EEOC’s case out of court by a unanimous opinion of three judges. With the following wording (enjoy!):
In this case the EEOC sued the defendants for using the same type of background check that the EEOC itself uses. The EEOC’s personnel handbook recites that “[o]verdue just debts increase temptation to commit illegal or unethical acts as a means of gaining funds to meet financial obligations.” Because of that concern, the EEOC runs credit checks on applicants for 84 of the agency’s 97 positions. The defendants (collectively, “Kaplan”) have the same concern; and thus Kaplan runs credit checks on applicants for positions that provide access to students’ financial-loan information, among other positions. For that practice, the EEOC sued Kaplan.
EEOC saw some sort of conspiracy to exclude certain racial groups by doing credit checks. Did Kaplan collect race or gender? No. They didn’t know the race or gender of the people rejected. And they used a data collection method never before seen on Earth.
Does Chair Berrien and her EEOC bureaucrats think they are above the law?