President Barack Obama suffered another set back in court, his third major defeat in just the last week, in the courts in Maryland, where his Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sued AccuScreen.com, a tenant screening agency, threw their case out of court. The EEOC sued AccuScreen.com over discriminatory practices, by using backround screening.
The judge ruled that the EEOC had failed to prove their case. The only expert witness for the EEOC, was Kevin Murphy, a workplace psychologist. A similar case brought by the EEOC against the Ohio based company, Kaplan Higher Education Corp. That case was also thrown out and Murphy's testimony dismissed because he did no credible study on the practice.
The EEOC tried to make it's case that the practice is discriminatory, because blacks are arrested at a disproportinate rate. Businesses have argued that backround checks are necessary to protect their employees and customers. They have also noted that white convicts receive the same treatment as black ones, the EEOC hasn't denied.
In related news, the Obama administration has admitted that they are not screening Obamacare navigators, who will have access to people's most private information. Several states have sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, the head of Health and Human Services. (HHS) They complain that by cutting back on backround checks and fingerprinting, someone convicted of identity theft, could gain access to hundreds of confidential files.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, explains:
“Because of time constraints, HHS [is] cutting back on the requirement to become a navigator, meaning they're not going to be doing background checks. They're not going to be fingerprinting these people.
And it's more than navigators. It's people that assist the navigators. Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country's most personal and private information — tax return information, Social Security information. And our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft.”
The HHS has not commented on the letter yet.