Lara Keel Lobbyist News: Texas Attorney General Challenges EEOC Hiring Guidelines
On November 4th, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a legal action that challenges employment hiring guidelines he finds disagreeable. These guidelines have been issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Those that oppose these hiring guidelines feel that it places great limitations on employers by excluding convicted felons from readily available employment. Under Texas law, certain state run organizations are forbidden from employing previously convicted felons. These EEOC guidelines were first enacted in 2012.
As the State’s legal action explains: “If state agencies choose to comply with the EEOC’s interpretation, they not only violate state law, but also must … begin evaluating and hiring felons to serve in law enforcement, teach in local elementary schools, nurse veterans and the disabled, counsel juvenile detainees, and coach little league.”
Read original release here.