Criminal Background Checks and EEOC Enforcement

lemonRecent surveys demonstrate that nearly 92% of employers use criminal background checks for employment decisions. Public employers often have prescribed statutory background check requirements. Because a criminal background check (CBC) conducted by private companies are most often used by employers, employers need to be aware of their responsibility to obtain prior authorization from the prospective employee, and their need to insure that even with the private vendor doing the check that the employer is not violating Title VII. Further, the guidelines adopted by the EEOC layout safe harbor behaviors that a prudent employer should adopt.Continue reading