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Currently, the massive multibillion-dollar company is battling simultaneous fights in New Jersey, Georgia, and Illinois over what types of background checks it should use when hiring drivers.
You see, city councils in these states are weighing in on legislation that would require fingerprint background checks for Uber employees.
Taxi and limousine drivers, who for decades have been subjected to these very checks upon hire, are lobbying for a policy change to level the playing field.
Uber itself decries the requirement as unnecessary. It argues that fingerprints should be used for the sole purpose of police identification and record-keeping.
And while Eric Holder agrees with Uber's sentiment, he has now taken his qualms a step further…
The former attorney general called fingerprint background checks a matter of racial injustice in separate letters sent to city council members.
Holder said that such measures could have a disproportionately negative impact on black and Hispanic men looking for work because they're more likely to have been arrested when they were young. Therefore, their fingerprints would be on file.
Furthermore, Holder said there are deficiencies in the FBI database (which, in and of itself, is concerning) such that just because an individual's prints are on file doesn't mean he has been convicted or arrested for a crime. But such a discovery on the employer's part could result in someone not being hired.
While his argument does shed light on overly rigorous hiring practices, there's more to Holder's advocacy on behalf of Uber.
You see, Holder is funded by the company — you just have to follow the money…
Holder is a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling. And Uber is a client.
A spokesman for Covington admitted to The Hill yesterday that Uber is indeed a client of the firm, which means that Holder is on its payroll…
So naturally Holder is invested in Uber's success.
It's interesting to note that lots of former government employees work for Uber these days…
Margaret Richardson, Holder's former chief of staff — who also works for Covington & Burling — was appointed to Uber's safety advisory board last November.
And former strategist for President Barack Obama – David Plouffe – is now a senior adviser to the company, as well as a member of its board.
"Several former White House staff members have decamped to the company since Plouffe was hired," reported The Hill yesterday.
It seems that one of Uber's hiring practices consists of taking on past White House employees to put their lobbying political skills back to work.
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