Blacklist (n) – a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted.
Just about every child in America has been told at some point that they could some day grow up to be President. It may not be true, but the concept is clear – people should be judged on their character and ability, not on the preconceived notions notions of others. To purposefully prevent another individual from succeeding disgusts us at our very core.
In short, blacklisting is discrimination.
As you might suspect from the bill title, this bill removes section 31-24-1 (the above listed law), and section 31-24-2, the section dealing with the penalty for blacklisting an individual, from current Utah law.
In the year 2000, the federal government passed regulations allowing the blacklisting of contractors, and was opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. One reason cited was that, in this case, blacklisting a contractor means that they are “presumed guilty” and that “unproven, pending allegations [are] enough [to place them on the list].” Just like blacklisting a contractor for unproven allegations, blacklisting an individual presumes they’re guilty based solely on a simple allegation.
To remove the law prohibiting blacklisting, Senator Thatcher is effectively giving a subtle nod towards employer discrimination.
If this bill were to pass, would blacklisting occur more or less often than it does now? That cannot be easily determined. What can be determined is that passage of SB 142 makes one form of intolerance and unfairness legal.
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