State department says it's ready for 'ban-the-box' enforcement

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2014 - 9:42 AM

People who complain about discrimination have to wait an average of 426 days for the state to make a final determination, but Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey said the turnaround will be faster with enforcement of the state’s new “ban-the-box” law.

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FrankLJan. 4, 1410:53 PM

So their priority is helping criminals? Great waste of tax money.

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OldYellarJan. 5, 14 7:59 AM

So as an employer, I can't ask a potential employee if they are a convicted felon. That's because there are no criminals in Minnesota, only professional victims. Hey! Maybe we should give them preferential hiring points. You know, help them overcome their life of being victimized by the justice system.

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localguyJan. 5, 14 8:12 AM

Employers can still take criminal records into account when they make hiring decisions. The law simply prevents those records from being a factor in deciding who gets an interview. If these people can't even get an interview, they're more likely to return to a life of crime. Is that really what we want?

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asdfasdfJan. 5, 14 8:14 AM

Frankl- No, the effort is to make it feasible for someone who has paid their debt to society to become a productive, tax paying member of their community. The economics of this are exponentially more significant than the paltry salary of some enforcement officers. In three decades our prison population has exploded from 300,000 to over 2,000,000 (25% of the worlds prison population). Unless you prefer to continue paying the cost of repeat incarceration ($40,000 to $60,000 a year) or paying for various safety net programs you should consider supporting policies that make it possible for a young man or woman who wants to, to move forward with their life.

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qwerty123Jan. 5, 14 9:30 AM

Why would you trust someone who is a convicted criminal to be honest in answering this question on an application? Just do a records check before deciding whom to interview, and if a serious crime shows up don't interview the person. The whole issue is just silly and the new law will make zero difference.

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luzhishenJan. 7, 1410:02 PM

I guess the phrase "pay your debt to society" means nothing. If someone does the time, fesses up the crime, and is making a sincere effort to rejoin society, that is something that should be encouraged. The problem with the opposite is that there aren't places like Virginia or Georgia or Australia to ship your criminals off to - you have to be prepared to encarcerate them long-term.

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gemie1Jan. 11, 1410:27 AM

The Department of Human Rights does not protect anyone's rights. It is a waste of tax payer money and just gives the illusion that we live in the a more equalitarian society. The only person is who is getting any benefit from this agency is Commissioner Lindsey, who doing nothing but helping his career.

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