At the urging of Legislator Renae Kimble (D-Niagara Falls), the Niagara County Legislature has tabled a proposed new policy calling for background checks for new employees.
Kimble believes that the new policy may discriminate against individuals with a criminal background, and she feels that this is wrong. Kimble believes that denying someone with a criminal background a taxpayer funded county job is a violation of Human Rights Law.
New York State is an employment-at-will state. That means that an employer may hire or fire an employee for no reason whatsoever, unless that action contradicts language which is expressly written in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Title VII states, "It shall be an unlawful practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin".
I didn't see discrimination for rape, drug dealing, murder, arson, assault, forgery, identity theft, terrorism, theft, larceny, or any other crime as a violation of Title VII.
Of course, one would think that Kimble would embrace such an initiative. If this policy should be enacted, it may spare Kimble the significant embarrassment of recommending and hiring another Youth Director only to be publicly humiliated with the disclosure of that Youth Director's prior criminal history. Of course, when one knows no shame, one doesn't concern one's self with such trivialities.
Where is Teresa Hollands these days?