Personality Tests May Open Employers To Legal Risks

Law360, New York (September 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An increase in lawsuits alleging that employer-given personality tests violate the American Disabilities Act may cause employers to reconsider giving the exams to potential employees.

Roughly 30% of companies, including giants like Wal-Mart and General Motors, give their applicants and employees personality tests to screen for employment or promotion purposes. Some employers favor the tests because they may better predict job success. The tests also may bring some objectivity to decisions that are largely subjective.

The tests were largely created either by military psychologists to screen...
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