EEOC ‘downgrades’ high school diplomas

Estate of Denial® often rails on dangerous federal government intrusion and this EEOC gives slackers a loophole by labeling them ‘disabled’ article provides a great example.  One correction – we actually rail on dangerous government intrusion at all levels.  The feds are just common culprits as shown today.


In a recent “informal open letter” to employers across the country, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that requiring that applicants have a high school diploma is excluding those who were unable to graduate due to a learning disability.

They claim that having the exclusion “screens out an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of “disability”, and the employer may not apply the standard unless it can demonstrate that the diploma requirement is job related.” Basically, unless an employer can explicitly prove that having a high school diploma is instrumental in the completion of the job, they cannot require it.

Although the EEOC letter does not carry the force of law, it does carry with it a strong suggestion, which might be enough to scare employers into changing their standards without really knowing why.

This warning is troubling for several reasons. First of all, by getting rid of the diploma requirement in fear of disqualifying those with disabilities, the EEOC has unwittingly lumped people who couldn’t graduate with those who just didn’t feel like it. And there is a big difference when looking for a qualified employee between someone who couldn’t graduate because of a learning disability and someone who was a slacker and just didn’t make the grade because of their own laziness.

The ADA is in place to ensure that people with disabilities are treated fairly and not disqualified from opportunities solely based on their disability. However, although the ADA has their own definition of disability, being unmotivated and lackluster is not included within that term. And by removing the diploma requirement in case of disqualifying people who were unable to graduate, it allows those people who just didn’t feel like putting in the work to graduate to have opportunities that they don’t deserve by devaluing the importance of education as a stepping stone to the workplace.

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EEOC gives slackers a loophole by labeling them ‘disabled’
Rebecca DiFede
January 9, 2012

We’ve long believed that today’s “disability” industry exploits the term so as to create new disability categories that are filled with inappropriate or questionably eligible participants. This is largely done to shore up bureaucratic institutions that grow government by creating a self-serving, artificial need for employees and funding.  Along the way, many other disservices occur harming both the engineered disabled and/or those truly in need.   This indeed appears as one such example.