Ban-the-Box and Other Pre-Employment Dilemmas: Finding Qualified Candidates without Finding Trouble
Program Number: 2507
Presenter: Natasha B. Dorsey, Esq., John L. Litchfield, Esq., Christopher G. Ward, Esq.
Finding qualified applicants for jobs is a constant challenge for employers for reasons going well past identifying individuals with the necessary skills, experience, training and education. Beyond finding strong candidates for particular positions, employers also have responsibilities to identify candidates who fit with a company’s culture, who will work well with others, and who will be trustworthy and help solve, rather than create, employment-related issues. As a result, many employers have adopted processes designed to identify latent issues with applicants, such as criminal history inquiries and background checks. While for many years employers took these steps with relatively limited legal restriction or government oversight, trends such as “ban-the box” are now sweeping across the country, and agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are taking aggressive action to combat perceived areas for potential discrimination and unfairness in pre-employment inquiries. In this program of particular interest to in-house lawyers, Foley &