Are job-screening tactics discriminatory?

08/16/2010 | Google

Employers who disqualify job candidates for having a criminal record or a bad credit history could be guilty of discrimination, federal officials say. The tactics have drawn scrutiny from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, since the candidates in question are disproportionately black or Latino. "Somebody with an old conviction that has been rehabilitated doesn't have any greater likelihood of committing a crime, so its irrational to use that against them," says an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project.

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