Judicial Watch • DOJ Combats Discriminatory Workplace Tests

DOJ Combats Discriminatory Workplace Tests

DOJ Combats Discriminatory Workplace Tests

MARCH 16, 2011

The Obama appointee who lied under oath to cover up the Black Panther scandal and sued public colleges for requiring job applicants to prove legal residency announced the administration’s commitment to eliminating tests that discriminate against minorities in the workplace.Known as “disparate impact,” the racial discrimination created by written exams is especially rampant in the nation’s police and fire departments, according to Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General Obama appointed to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division. That’s because the tests disproportionately screen out people of a particular race, even though they “present the appearance of objective, merit-based selection.”Not only is this discriminatory, Perez said in a written statement this month, employers sell themselves short when they exclude potential workers in this manner. As an example the former Maryland Labor Secretary, who has long fought for the rights of illegal immigrants, said that members of a baseball team should not be chosen by testing their knowledge of baseball history and statistics.Perez did acknowledge that “we have made great progress in breaking down barriers to equal opportunity,” but assures that “discrimination undeniably persists, in overt and subtle forms.” He guarantees that the Justice Department will continue to “combat such discrimination so that our nation can fulfill its greatest promise of equal opportunity and equal justice for all.”Touching words from a public servant who lied in sworn testimony to cover up a scandal for his boss and who has spent taxpayer resources to prevent states from enforcing immigration laws. Last fall Perez sued an Arizona public college system for discrimination because it requires job applicants to furnish proof of residency before getting hired. This is discriminatory because it treats authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their citizenship status, according to Perez.Perez also told the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that no political leadership was involved in the decision to drop a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, even though a federal prosecutor who worked on the case blew the whistle on the racial bias inside the Justice Department that led to the “corrupt nature of the dismissal.” Judicial Watch obtained records that prove top political appointees were intimately involved in the decision to drop charges against the radical black revolutionary group for bullying voters with racial insults, profanity and weapons.Perez has a few other skeletons in his closet that caused the Senate to delay his confirmation to head a key area of the Justice Department. He served on the board of a controversial, taxpayer-funded day laborer center (Casa de Maryland) that helps illegal immigrants by operating employment facilities and offering free legal services and has ties to Venezuela’s America-bashing leader Hugo Chavez. The socialist strongman, a close ally of State Department terrorist nations like Iran, North Koreaand Cuba, donated $1.5 million to Casa de Maryland under Perez’s tenure.

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