EEOC Guidance Gives Examples, Best Practices on Arrest Record and Criminal History Use

Employers fearful that their questions on arrest records and criminal convictions might make them vulnerable to liability under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act can now consult a new guidance document from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laying out the parameters for what’s acceptable and what is not.

Better yet, the guidance issued today gives a long list of factors to consider when evaluating criminal history, and offers a dozen examples of best practices in this area.

The Seyfarth Shaw law firm has already done the heavy lifting in explaining and analyzing the guidance, and I commend their blog to you on this important development.


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