The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC issued a press release this week announcing it reached a settlement with a background screening company over the company’s pre-employment screening services. According to the press release, company is a consumer reporting agency (CRA) that “screens applicants for hundreds of companies nationwide.”
The agreement requires the company to change its web site, screening policies, and training procedures to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), and anti-retaliation laws. The underlying concern was that an investigation into an applicant’s medical history, history of personal injury, or workers compensation claims would be used by prospective employers to discriminate against the applicant.
If anyone wondered whether the Commission would eventually extend its reach to CRAs, that question has been answered. The press release quotes Janet Elizondo, director of the EEOC’s Dallas District Office.
“It is important for the EEOC to engage, not only with employers directly, but also with their business partners who play an important role in facilitating connections between jobs and jobseekers.”
Background screening companies take note: the EEOC is watching.