Republicans on a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee June 10 criticized the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discouraging employers from conducting necessary criminal background checks on job applicants and for pursuing meritless discrimination suits.

At an oversight hearing of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), the panel chairman, said the EEOC’s 2012 guidance on employers’ use of arrest and conviction records (80 DLR A-1, 4/25/12) “has made it more difficult for employers to ensure the safety of their customers and co-workers.”

Among other witnesses, the subcommittee heard from Lucia Bone, who founded Sue Weaver...