Lawyers Warn Of Pitfalls Of Employment Tests

Law360, New York (January 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Employers in growing numbers are weeding out unsuitable job applicants using background checks, cognitive tests and physical exams, but while the benefits of screening prospective employees are many, the risk of running afoul of discrimination laws is real, attorneys say.

The trick to treading the fine line between breaching the laws and facing future claims of negligent hiring, say lawyers, is knowing how and when to use the tests and what to do with the results.

The increased reliance on screening measures has brought a jump...
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