Employers Beware When Testing Job Applicants

Law360, New York (December 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EST) -- Businesses are increasingly turning to pre-employment testing to weed out job applicants by ability or personality, but attorneys say employers that fail to take steps to protect themselves may find the benefits of these screening tools outweighed by the strain of defending against costly lawsuits.

A well-crafted test can help an employer ensure that applicants really have the skills necessary to perform specific job duties and can help screen for the most qualified candidates, but some tests can also disproportionately screen out members of legally protected...
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