Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal records

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  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal records.

    By way of background, the Wikipdia article on the subject explains:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_the_Box

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    Ban the Box is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign is that anything that makes it harder for ex-offenders to find a job makes it likelier that they will re-offend, which is bad for society.

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    The following represents yet another very successful effort by the Church of Scientology to build relationships, create alliances, procure allies, and establish its reputation as an organization concerned with civil rights. Please note the other signatories to this letter.

    Do not underestimate this.

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    The Leadership Conference: Re: Proposed Rule Regarding Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability, 81 Fed. Reg. 26173 (May 2, 2016), RIN: 3206-AN25

    http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2016/re-proposed-rule-regarding.html

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    Re: Proposed Rule Regarding Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability, 81 Fed. Reg. 26173 (May 2, 2016), RIN: 3206-AN25

    Advocacy Letter - 07/01/16

    Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Recipient: Kimberly A. Holden

    View the PDF of this letter here.

    Kimberly A. Holden
    Deputy Associate Director for Recruitment and Hiring
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management
    1900 E Street NW
    Room 6351D
    Washington, DC 20415

    Dear Ms. Holden:

    On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Employment Law Project, All of Us or None,

    JustLeadershipUSA, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, PolicyLink, the PICO National Network, the American Civil Liberties Union, the AFL-CIO, and the 63 undersigned organizations, representing faith leaders, criminal justice reform groups, and civil and human rights advocates, we write to offer our strong support for the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) proposed rules on Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability.

    We applaud the rule’s requirement that federal agencies “ban the box” in the hiring process and postpone a request for conviction information from job applicants until the individual has received a conditional offer of employment. Indeed, the rules will take the federal government one step closer to becoming a “model employer” of people with records, which the Federal Interagency Reentry Council identified as a top priority.[1] As described below, we also join The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Employment Law Project, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in urging OPM to strengthen the proposed regulations in several key areas.[2]

    <Snip, see above link>

    Sincerely,


    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office



    [1] Federal Interagency Reentry Council, Employment Snapshot (Aug. 2015), available at https://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Employment.pdf.

    [2] Comments from The Leadership Conference et.al., To The Office of Personnel Management regarding Proposed Rule Regarding Recruitment, Selection, and Placement (General) and Suitability, 81 Fed. Reg. 26173 (May 2, 2016), RIN: 3206-AN25, available at,

    http://civilrightsdocs.info/pdf/criminal-justice/OPM-BanTheBox-Comments.pdf

    [3] Maurice Emsellem & Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, National Employment Law Project, Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda (Jan. 2015), available at http://www.nelp.org/content/uploads/2015/01/Report-Federal-Fair-Chance-Hiring-Agenda.pdf.

    [4] Devah Pager, Bruce Western & Naomi Sugie, Sequencing Disadvantage: Barriers to Employment Facing Young Black and White Men with Criminal Records, 623(1) Ann Am Acad Pol Soc Sci. 195, 198 (2013) (Author Manuscript), available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583356/pdf/nihms-439026.pdf.

    [5] U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC Enforcement Guidance: Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Apr. 25, 2012), available at https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.

    [6] The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor, The Impact of “Ban the Box” in the District of Columbia (June 10, 2016), available at http://www.dcauditor.org/sites/default/files/FCRSA - Ban the Box Report_0.pdf; Southern Coalition for Social Justice, The Benefits of Ban the Box: A Case Study of Durham, NC (2014), available at http://www.southerncoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/BantheBox_WhitePaper-2.pdf.

    [7] 81 Fed.Reg. 26173, 26174 (May 2, 2016) (to be codified at 5. C.F.R. pts. 330 & 731).

    Federal Interagency Resource Council, Overview (Aug. 2015), available at https://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/FIRC_Overview.pdf.

    [9] MICHAEL WALDMAN & INIMAI CHETTIAR, BRENNAN CTR. FOR JUSTICE, 15 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS 20 (2014), available at http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/15_Executive_Actions.pdf.

    [10] Mark T. Berg & Beth M. Huebner, Reentry and the Ties that Bind: An Examination of Social Ties, Employment, and Recidivism (2011), available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07418825.2010.498383.

    [11] Cherrie Bucknor & Alan Barber, Center for Economic Policy Research, The Price We Pay: Economic Costs of Barriers to Employment for Former Prisoners and People Convicted of Felonies (June 2016), available at

    http://cepr.net/images/stories/reports/employment-prisoners-felonies-2016-06.pdf?v=5.

    [12] U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC Enforcement Guidance: Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Apr. 25, 2012) (The EEOC guidelines, which implement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, state that federal agency officials should be directed to take into account the age of the offense, the nature of the offense, and whether the offense is directly related to the job; and to conduct an “individualized assessment” providing the candidate an opportunity to present evidence of rehabilitation and verify the accuracy of the record.), available at https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.

    [13] 5 C.F.R. § 731.202 (2016); Letter to Anna Mazzi, OPM Deputy Associate Director, from Peggy Mastroianni, EEOC Associate Legal Counsel (Mar. 19, 2007), available at https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/lett...tters/2007/arrest_and_conviction_records.html.

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  2. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

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    “We applaud the rule’s requirement that federal agencies “ban the box” in the hiring process and postpone a request for conviction information from job applicants until the individual has received a conditional offer of employment.”
    ____________________

    “We offer to recruit you on the condition that you don’t have an unacceptable criminal record, please pick up the cans, I am not auditing you.”



    Wow, that wasn’t difficult at all!
     
  3. dchoiceisalwaysrs

    dchoiceisalwaysrs Gold Meritorious Patron

    Re: Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal recor

    I would suggest that the BOX should be relabeled to ARE YOU CURRENTLY PERSONALLY COMMITTING ANY CRIME OR ACTION, OR CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN AN ORGANIZATION WHICH IS CURRENTLY COMMITTING ACTIONS, WHICH COULD BE CHARGED AS A CRIME IN A COURT OF LAW.

    As regards the letter it should be revealed in a preamble that the Scientology Office of National Affairs is running on advices from a convicted criminal who never rehabilitated, and it is also part of a previously convicted group and still using the criminal policies and procedures of that group, including breach of political tax exempt activities and under court purview for fraud in commercial activities. Those of receipt of this letter should be made aware that the National Office of Government Affairs will not be revealing during any interview stage or inguiry stage the aforementioned criminal record or knowledge thereof. It also has not brought this information willingly nor with any frankness to the other parties mentioned in 'the letter' because it is only submitting the letter to alloy the possible shielding of its many antisocial and antitransparency motives and doing so as its 1960 Government take control thereof written policy.
    little known Hubbard policy letter of February 18, 1966. Entitled “ATTACKS ON SCIENTOLOGY

    The creation of the “Public Investigation Section” reveals Hubbard’s well-formed and documented intent to use both confidential parishioner information and tax exempt dollars to finance and engage in vicious Fair Game attacks against former Scientologists who spoke out. This policy letter also calls for investigations against non-Scientologist persons and groups who speak out. This Hubbard policy continues to this day. As such, it constitutes wanton abuse of the Church’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

    ..........

    “You want to know what happens when you clear everybody in that neighborhood, the only thing that [Scientology] center can become used for is a political center. Because by the time you’ve done all this, you are the government…” — L. Ron Hubbard. Taped Lecture – 9 January 1962: Future Org Trends.

    “Once the world is Clear – a nation, a state, a city or a village – the Scientology-organization in the area becomes its government! And once this has taken place the only policy accepted as valid is Scientology policy.” — L. Ron Hubbard. Taped Lecture – 9 January 1962: Future Org Trends. "

    and much more

    http://scientologyinpolitics.blogspot.com/

    MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009

    How The Cult of Scientology Harms Its Members and Has Infiltrated US Politics
    Note To Readers: The subject of Scientology is complex, and very few articles really explore the actual nature of Scientology, its history, and the political goals of this disturbing mind control cult.

    Readers who are used to scanning through short blog entries are generally expected to do the digging themselves if they have further interest. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough curiosity or time to do so.

    I hope that by ripping open some of Scientology's dirtier and darker seams, this piece will provide more than enough reference material for readers to conclude that this cult that cynically calls itself a church for tax purposes should have no place in the lives and careers of any public officials, or celebrities for that matter. Therefore this is an extremely long post, divided it into 7 sections for convenience. I invite every reader to spend time reading the entire post even if it means multiple visits. There are many surprises along the way. As we all know, the devil is always in the details.

    When it comes to Scientology we need to all be on the same side, no matter what our political persuasion. Please take the time to examine this extremely dark cult more closely.
     
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  4. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

  5. WildKat

    WildKat Gold Meritorious Patron

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    Tony Ortega should go visit Rex in prison and get the scoop. I absolutely hate it that this story may die with Rex and others who knew....and "we may never know what really happened" (standard closing line from investigative TV shows.)
     
  6. guanoloco

    guanoloco As-Wased

    Re: Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal recor

    Of course it goes without saying that Scientology, Inc. would be exempt from any "ban the box" legislation where its prospective employees are concerned.

    No one with a blackmailable past can hold executive positions in Scientology (except Ron) and you must be clean as a whistle for HCO and the SO. IDK, perhaps preferably 6 foot tall and blonde and blue-eyed?

    What are your crimes?
     
  7. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Re: Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal recor

    They lobby against pharmaceutical companies and psychiatry because they believe they are evil incarnate off the whole track and, coincidentally, compete in the field of mental health.

    They support a liberal immigration policy because they want access to cheap labor.

    They want to abolish the IRS and establish some form of Flat Tax because they want to undermine the authority of the government to tax and investigate them.

    They support Freedom of Religion legislation that forces foreign countries to grant US type religious exemptions that would permit them to treat employees and followers as they do in the US.

    On abortion, they seem highly conflicted - bad because it causes engrams, good because staff aren't distracted from work with children that are a logistical and financial burden to the organization.

    They promote that they provide help in disasters which supports their need to represent themselves as a charity for tax purposes and PR aka "safe pointing".

    They are against drugs because it messes up people's "cases" and they believe they have the only workable technology to detoxify and rehabilitate people.

    The common theme to these and other Church agendas is that the Church has some self interest. With the Box issue they do not. There is absolutely nothing about this issue that will lessen the Church's intrusive and diligent pursuit and archiving of any applicant or staff member's criminal history through Security Checks, interviews, questionnaires or use of PIs and elaborate dossier systems. They demand the right to investigate such "criminal histories" whether it is a matter of court record or not on par with any large corporation or government agency with a high security concern.

    My perception is that they have established a relationship with NOI and have probably adopted this issue under lobbying pressure from them.

    The assumption of other group's agendas as a means to gain political influence and adherents now appears to fall under a broader self interest of the Church.

    They have adopted a gang reconciliation agenda. Curiously, I have not seen any participation in this with the Norteños and Sureños. When are they going to facilitate a summit for them? They do share a common goal of lax immigration enforcement, afterall.

    At some point the Church may find that they have navigated themselves into a corner that is extremely difficult to manage if positioning themselves with all these different groups is to be the new normal. I also have to wonder what would happen if Scientology's "getting your head straight" RPFesque type practices migrate into the field of human trafficking - something gangs tend to share in common.
     
  8. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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    Very good observation.
     
  9. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

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    Seems Portland didn't get the Ban the Box memo...

    http://tonyortega.org/2017/04/05/br...-timing-for-narconon-in-australia/#more-39072

    Position for the Cafe Manager at the Church of Scientology in Portland:
    We are looking for a creative and ambitious manager to build up the cafe we have on the second floor of our building. Currently we have a large lounge area and a mostly self-serve type cafe. It has all the professional equipment (smoothie makers, espresso machine, etc.) to be a flourishing cafe but no one to fully run it so it doesn’t produce at all close to its potential.
    The position would be 9:00-6:00, Mondays-Fridays, largely commission based, and there’s no specific requirements on previous work experience. However, barista experience or having worked in any service based industry would be a huge benefit.
    We want someone who’s interested in really creating on the cafe and having fun with it.
    Must be 18 or older and not have any felonies or probationary status.
    We are a nonprofit organization and our staff is paid from a portion of our weekly donations. Therefore, exact pay will fluctuate but we will also be offering 20% commission on the profit from the cafe items sold. We require all of our staff members to commit to a 2-1/2 year volunteer contract with us as we invest lots of time and training into each person. You would be considered a volunteer staff member of our organization.
    The duties will include: cleaning, ordering supplies, stocking, preparing drinks, serving customers and other miscellaneous manual work.
    If you’re interested, please submit your resume via e-mail.
     
  10. dchoiceisalwaysrs

    dchoiceisalwaysrs Gold Meritorious Patron

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    So David Miscavige is now in the clear, being that the TX cease and desist order has been...uhmmm scrubbed or was it? Can a court order be erased? Maybe he is still on probation.?

    David the barista , umm barrister....how about behind bars...yeah that would make a lot of people happy

    The only problem might be what if someone ask for a 'tall' drink.

    Does he just hand them a bottle of single malt?
     
  11. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

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    Interesting study on BTB policy. (Bold is theirs)

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/08/liberalism-backfires-again-chapter-14279.php

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    However, our results support the concern that BTB policies encourage racial discrimination: the black-white gap in callbacks grew dramatically at companies that removed the box after the policy went into effect. Before BTB, white applicants to employers with the box received 7% more callbacks than similar black applicants, but BTB increased this gap to 43%. We believe that the best interpretation of these results is that employers are relying on exaggerated impressions of real-world racial differences in felony conviction rates.
     
  12. guanoloco

    guanoloco As-Wased

    Re: Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal recor

    Enantiodromia takes place in the face of force. Government enacts policies by force and forces outcomes. Virtually all of these actions bring about the conditions they're designed to prevent.

    Especially statutory laws/policies. It is these laws that cannot think as opposed to common law that are the worst offenders. These actions punish the innocent. An example of that is gun laws. Someone shoots someone and we all lose liberties...except those intended targets of the law that don't follow the law.

    The result is less gun control.
     
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  13. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

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    Government is uniquely positioned to benefit from the failure of it’s own policies or to hedge against their negative outcomes because crisis demands further intervention and for the government this means a mandate for expansion of the state: more government employees, more laws, more taxes, more control.

    This also applies to the racism industry. Race problem solved - no industry.

    But I have to wonder about Scientology’s position here. So they are getting behind BTB as part of their ongoing lobby alliance safe pointing project. BTB may sound good on the surface and they get brownie points for supporting it but now that they should know it causes businesses to respond with a broader avoidance strategy that causes larger rejections of blacks as a group, do they still expect to be viewed in a positive PR context or do they do the right thing and try to explain that this is a flawed approach to the problem? I believe Scientology is fundamentally opportunist. In other words, they will come down on the side of any issue be it left or right depending on their own self interests as opposed to what is the right thing to do on principle or what is the most rational and in this case the opportunist thing is to form alliances with the race industry.

    It appears that “the box” not only weeds out black people with criminal histories from consideration for hiring, but it also qualifies black people for consideration. So by banning the box you remove it as a tool for creating a viable path towards getting hired for more black people than are disqualified. People could always lie on their application but if they are later discovered to have lied then they can be fired with good cause. But if you don’t let businesses even ask or discuss criminal histories then they must overcompensate on the side of caution with everyone.
     
  14. Enthetan

    Enthetan Mutant

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    Makes sense. If the employer is unable to verify qualifications, then the temptation is to exclude entire groups, if they have an above-average rate of unqualified.
     
  15. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

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    Ludicrous, isn't it, what hypocrites COS and Scientologists are!

    NOT ONLY does COS prohibit hiring those with a criminal past on staff (whether convicted or not, btw), BUT so do all the WISE companies and any other company that uses Scn tech. Unless, of course, they were committing criminal acts on behalf of the Church of Scientology itself. Those convicted criminals get celebrity status and high paying jobs. They even go on tours promoting Scientology. Have a look at Duke Snyder and Henning Heldt, ex-cons from Operation Snow White. http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?6856-Where-are-they-now-Henning-Heldt Ruthless ex GO and OSA staff get the red carpet treatment and all sorts of high positions in Scientology companies and a nice blind eye if they choose to continue to harass others and break laws on behalf of Scientology. Yes, COS wants to hire their OWN internal criminals, but not anyone else's! :laugh:

    COS wants OTHER companies to hire the other ex-felons. It has its hands full hiring and paying the ex-felons and criminals it creates for its own dirty work!
     
  16. OSAOPS

    OSAOPS Patron

    Re: Scientology joins Ban The Box movement to help job applicants with criminal recor

    L Ron Hubbard was convicted for the crimes of cashing a bogus check (in San Luis Obispo in the late 1940's, he paid a fine) and for child abandonment in a vehicle (in Los Angeles shortly thereafter, he was sentenced to jail but instead paid a fine).

    More information available at www.meepthorp.com
     

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