Robert L. Johnson praised Tim Scott for resolution encouraging minority hiring

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., addresses supporters in North Charleston after winning the June 10 GOP primary.

Robert L. Johnson, an entreprenuer, investment advisor, and founder of Black Entertainment Television, has commended U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for having introduced a Senate resolution that encourages businesses to voluntarily adopt a rule that would increase hiring of minorities for corporate executive position, according to a story posted on the IT Business Net website.

The rule, known as the The RLJ Rule, is modeled after the National Football League's Rooney Rule and it encourages companies to voluntarily establish a best practices policy to: (1) interview a minimum of two qualified minority candidates for managerial openings at the director level and above before making a hire; and, (2) to interview at least two qualified minority-owned businesses for supplier/services before awarding a vendor contract.

Scott, a Republican, is South Carolina's junior senator. he faces Democrat Joyce Dickerson, American Party candidate Jill Bossi and petition candidate Brandon Armstrong in the Nov. 4 election. He introduced Senate Resolution 511 on July 22.

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