Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

The Newest Protected Class - Ex-Cons?

Find a group that is discriminated against and pretty soon you will find someone suggesting that the group gain legal protection. Without a question, those who have served time in the penal system carry a stigma and are, I am quite certain, frequent victims of discrimination. Now according to a story in the Cleveland Plaindealer, the city of Cleveland is considering using its purchasing power to prohibit discrimination against ex-cons. Whether that approach is better than the "Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative", as reported by the American Baptist Press, and suggested by President Bush in the state of the union address, is an interesting question. At least Cleveland's proposed program does not come with $300 million price tag, just more restriction on employers. Thanks to the Jurist for the pointer to the Plaindealer article.

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