Background Check Guidelines Issued By The EEOC

The EEOC has issued guidelines about criminal background checks which are causing qualified applicants to lose-out on good jobs. As a lawyer who represents workers, I applaud this guidance from the EEOC, however, it really seems to be a stretch of the law. Hopefully, Congress would take some action to limit the use of such checks, in a way that the guidance suggests. A fair employer could give the applicant the opportunity to respond, or the employer could agree that a DUI from 30 years ago really isn’t relevant to a receptionist’s job. Unfortunately, many large employers have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to arrests.

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About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.