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Criminal background checks for employment may be discriminatory

EEOC questions whether applicants' criminal histories should be used in employment decisions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a hearing yesterday to determine if an employer can use a job applicant's criminal history to make hiring decisions.

Currently, companies may use background checks for criminal histories when considering candidates for positions. But the EEOC and some anti-discrimination advocacy groups have questioned the practice--claiming it has a disparate impact on African Americans and Hispanics because those races have higher rates of criminal arrests and convictions than white people.


Cathleen Flahardy

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