In the lecture titled Grading & Adjudication and EEO Law, Christopher L. Lemens, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of General Information Services, Inc. (GIS), will discuss how to balance the possible risks of claimed employment discrimination with the possible risks and losses associated with poor hiring.
According to the United States’ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), blanket background screening policies are disproportionately discriminatory towards minorities. By not being careful with these policies, employers can face Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) lawsuits from the EEOC – but on the other hand, not running checks at all can open employers up to a whole host of risks, losses, and the always dreaded negligent hiring lawsuits. Mr. Lemens will explain the EEOC's position on background screening policies, how the EEOC arrived at that position, and the extensive private and public litigation on the issue.
This is an extremely important topic for employers of all sizes and all industries that have employees in the United States. Lawsuits on either end of the spectrum can cost a significant amount of time and money and the possible losses from poor hiring can incur even more cost. There is no zero risk solution. But there are certainly solutions that lower total risk, both of negligent hiring and discrimination lawsuits. Mr. Lemens describes a process that an employer of any size can use to reduce its risks, run a manageable hiring process, improve the quality of its hires, reduce its cost of hiring, and avoid unnecessary litigation.
If you manage your organization’s background screening program or adjudication criteria, this is a must attend session.
Who Should Participate
Anyone who manages their organization's background screening program or adjudication criteria.
What You Will Learn
In this session, Chris will explain the EEOC's position on background screening policies, how they arrived at that position, and what needs to be considered to create non-discriminatory background screening policies that still protect from losses associated with poor hiring.
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/7-26-11/index.cfm (checked 9/21/2011)
Civil action # 09-cv-2573 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Civil action # 10-cv-3105 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Civil action # 10-civ-3013 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Civil action # 1:10-cv-24166-XXXX in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Civil action # 1:10-cv-02882 in the U.S. District Court for the northern District of Ohio
GIS - General Information Services
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