Retail-Theft Databases May Put Employers At Legal Risk

Law360, New York (April 5, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- Large retailers are drawing on databases compiling alleged employee thefts to make hiring decisions and combat multibillion-dollar losses attributed to workers stealing merchandise. But lawyers warn that companies that utilize theft databases may be exposing themselves to liability under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, state laws and even federal anti-discrimination law.    

While litigation brought by spurned job applicants over retail-theft databases has typically targeted companies that provide information to employers and left the employers themselves on the sideline, some lawyers say they expect to see more...
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