Gingrich calls job discrimination testing "entrapment" in budget hearing

March 04, 1998
House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a House subcommittee he would support President Bill Clinton's request for a budget increase for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as long as it pledged not to use any of the funds for testing of allegedly discriminatory employers. The use of testers would waste time and resources for companies interviewing candidates who were not interested in being employed and would put a government agency "in the business of entrapment," Gingrich said. "It assumes guilt where there has been no indication of discriminatory behavior."