EEOC to employers: Hire criminals or be sued

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March 13, 2013
Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"Employers often screen job candidates for criminal backgrounds. One reason: if  an employee on the clock commits a crime or causes an accident due to drug use,  the employer could be dragged through an expensive lawsuit by any victims. In  tort law, 'negligent hiring' is a cause of action by which the employer is held  responsible for harms committed by an employee if the employer knew or should  have known that the employee was dangerous. One of the best defenses against  such a lawsuit is to demonstrate due diligence in hiring practices, including  background checks." (03/13/13)  

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