(U.S. News & World Report) — As Senate democrats and President Barack Obama gear up for another round of gun control legislation, I find it ironic that the same lawmakers who think expanded background checks are useful in helping filter out who shouldn’t own a gun, don’t see the same benefits when used by U.S. businesses to sift through potential job candidates.

Last week the U.S. government, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sued retailer Dollar General Corp. and car manufacturer BMW AG, for discriminating against African-Americans because both companies used criminal background checks as a tool for employee screening. As blacks are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites, they’re disproportionately affected by this type of screening.

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