It appears that there is a new service out there catering to doing online background checks of potential employees. Overall I don’t have much of a problem with this, a private company certainly has a right to use any information that it feels would affect performance in the workplace. This new middleware company does the work to keep the employer from seeing information that could lead to other biases which are currently legislated against. For example they make sure to strip off marital status, sexual orientation, religious views, etc. What did catch my attention however was the following statement from the companies CEO.
Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.
What’s wrong with that? If the individual has broken no laws what is the issue. If you dig through my website you will find many photos of firearms. Numerous pictures of explosives going off. As well as numerous articles involving self-defense, which is a violent response against someone doing violence against you.
There’s that set of words, assault rifle. Obviously this man is a puritan who is projecting his belief system on others and judging them based upon his world view. There is nothing on my site which promotes illegal activity. I have gone through extra effort to make sure I am legal and as a result have had myself placed on numerous government lists. Why sir are you attempting to limit the employment of gun owners who are proud of their stance on gun rights? I might advise Mr. Drucker to be quite careful since I’m sure if someone finds out that their ownership of firearms caused a negative report from his company and thusly resulted in missed employment opportunities, his company now carries the liability for the discriminatory action. It might be quite difficult to prove, but eventually given enough people it can happen.