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Old 06-25-2019, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have seen listings for jobs like Accounting Technician and HR personnel require a driver's license, even though there is nothing in the job description that indicates driving is a required duty of the job, much less an essential function. I don't get it. Why is that? It is discrimination; only jobs where driving is an essential job duty should require the applicant to have a driver's license, and it should say so on the application.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Good adjunct skill to have, so that someone can drive to the other office etc.

Also a bit of a means/skill/self-support test. Other than in city centers, people without a license are likely... limited in other ways, too. No, it's not fair. Nothing in hiring is these days.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:58 PM
 
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I understand why they used to require a drivers license... but it's 2019. Many people aren't getting drivers license simply because Uber is more convenient.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Good adjunct skill to have, so that someone can drive to the other office etc.

Also a bit of a means/skill/self-support test. Other than in city centers, people without a license are likely... limited in other ways, too. No, it's not fair. Nothing in hiring is these days.
If they can come to work every day on time without issues then what problem is there? There are other ways of getting around without a personís own private vehicle. Walking, biking, public transportation...

What if someone is a licensed driver but doesnít own a car?
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:15 PM
 
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With the real id law, it almost seems like a quick check for being legal, before wasting time in e-verify
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Because many jobs require occasional off-site meetings or conferences, and if the applicant does not have a DL they will have difficulty getting there.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:52 PM
 
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They can Uber. Maybe the person has a disability that prevents driving.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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Part of it is having reliable transportation to get to and from work. An employee might get a ride to work from her boyfriend, then they have a fight, and he won't give her a ride. Or they don't have the money to take an Uber or taxi. Or they sometimes miss the transfer on their bus trip. I had a coworker who had to transfer, and she was 15 minutes late half the time. Then she'd spend 15 minutes making her breakfast and sit down to work 30 minutes late. She didn't have a car because she wrecked it, didn't have collision coverage, and couldn't afford to replace it.

That brings us to the other part of having a driver's license: conscientiousness. Someone who's lost their license due to accidents, DUIs, or unpaid fines (as opposed to conveniently using public transportation or being disabled) isn't apt to be a conscientious employee.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:23 PM
 
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Or they don't have the money to take an Uber or taxi.
I don't buy this. If they didn't have the money to take Uber, they wouldn't have the money to maintain a car.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I don't buy this. If they didn't have the money to take Uber, they wouldn't have the money to maintain a car.
Using Uber would cost me $50 per day. Owning and operating my car doesn't cost anything close to that.
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