The Perverse Unintended Consequences of Anti-Discrimination Laws

Dan Mitchell nails the dangers of big government, and the mentality that something MUST be done to “correct” every perceived injustice.

Essentially the same could be written about Dodd-Frank and how it affected our checking accounts, but this post describes the problem with no additional commentary needed.

International Liberty

I recently wrote about the pinheads at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who are threatening legal action against companies that are leery about hiring people with criminal records.

Now some states and cities are making it illegal to discriminate against those that have been unemployed for a long period of time.

Unlike special legal status for ex-cons, this sounds reasonable. After all, we all would like to help the long-term unemployed break free of the chains of government dependency.

But sometimes good intentions generate undesirable effects. I explain in this Fox Business News debate that companies will do their best to avoid even interviewing the long-term unemployed if they have to worry about potential legal pitfalls whenever they make a hiring decision.

I also explain that businesses have no incentive to engage in unjustified discrimination. After all, that would imply a willingness to deliberately sacrifice profit in pursuit of…

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