EEOC Tells Employers Criminal Screens Must Be Job-Related

Law360, Washington (April 25, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT) -- Employers that screen the criminal backgrounds of potential workers must prove their use of the acquired information is job-related to avoid potential discrimination suits, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reminded employers Wednesday.

Citing concerns that employers could use arrest and conviction information to illegally discriminate against job applicants, the EEOC clarified that criminal record information obtained during background checks cannot be used to screen potential or current employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 unless a conviction is related to the...
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