A state lawmaker wants to make sure employers stop using an online court record system to discriminate.
State Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) says some employers and landlords are using the online court record database, known as CCAP, to weed out applicants. If a person's name even appears in the system, he says they're being rejected.
The Wisconsin Rapids Democrat is introducing legislation that would make it a felony for anyone to discriminate against housing or job applicants, based on CCAP records. Schneider says the purpose of the bill is not to protect the guilty, but those who are discriminated against because of misunderstood information.
Schneider says CCAP is too easily abused, because offenses remain in the system even after a person may be acquitted of any charges. He says that's unfair to those who were wrongly accused.
Schneider says he wants to end the misuse of the system.