Yesterday, The Washington Times published a story that demonstrates what happens when 1) a well-intentioned law goes awry, and 2) Washington bureaucrats assert the bureaucracy at the expense of businesses. Here is the gist:
Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I do not believe that the requirement would encourage special needs students to drop out of high school, as some have argued. I do think that it places an unnecessary burden on businesses. For example, it would require them to “demonstrate that the diploma requirement is job-related and consistent with business necessity.”
On the other hand, it gives bureaucrats in Washington a reason to create a new federal bureaucracy. But that makes me wonder. Would the new bureaucracy be required to show the old bureaucracy that a diploma is necessary to become a bureaucrat in the new bureaucracy?