Retailers get database help to weed out workers who steal

U.S. retailers are using national databases such as First Advantage Corporation's Esteem to weed out workers and applicants who have been accused of stealing. Critics say the databases are often short on details and often don't involve criminal charges, while retailers say the information is a useful tool in combating employee theft, which cost merchants an estimated $15 billion in 2011, according to NRF.

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