Thursday, March 18, 2010

Do Employers Performing Background Checks Risk Discrimination Lawsuits?

An article in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting discussion of the recent surge in employment discrimination claims based on background checking and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ("EEOC") recent launch of its "E-Race" initiative (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment), which is aimed specifically at combating discrimination in employment selection.

The article appropriately notes that, in some cases, the mere act of running a background check can land employers in a costly lawsuit (because certain minority groups have a disproportionate rate of negative records, such as convictions, arrests and poor credit ratings, screening for that information in background checks can exclude higher numbers of those applicants).

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