Family Research Council

Homeschooler Appeals to a 'Hire' Power in Job Dispute


By Tony Perkins
July 14, 2014

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At NiSource energy, they're in the business of discrimination. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Indiana's NiSource says it's hiring -- but apparently homeschoolers need not apply. Last month, the Midwest company made headlines for offering a job to a young man -- then withdrawing it because he was homeschooler. NiSource said that even though he had the experience, they couldn't hire him because his diploma wasn't from a traditional school. It's just state policy, they claimed. Stunned, the young man turned to Home School Legal Defense Fund for help. "Ohio law clearly recognizes home-schooling as a legal and valid educational option," said HSLDA's Michael Donnelly. Plenty of research shows how effective homeschooling is in preparing kids for careers. But even if that weren't true, said Donnelly, "hiring decisions should be made based on an individual's qualifications, not a policy that discriminates against an entire class of people based on how they were educated." That's not just bad policy; it's bad business.

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