Pre-Employment Tests Raise Disability Discrimination Concerns
A new tactic companies are employing to weed through job applicants may in fact serve to discriminate against people with disabilities.
Businesses are increasingly using so-called “personality tests” as part of their online applications in an effort to assess potential candidates even before making contact. But lawyers are beginning to call out the approach saying that, at least in some cases, the tests may be unlawfully eliminating those with disabilities from applicant pools.
CVS Caremark, for example, used an online personality test that raised eyebrows by asking applicants to agree or disagree with statements like “people do a lot of things that make you angry” and “you are unsure of what to say when you meet someone.”
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After hearing concerns about the test, the Rhode Island ACLU filed a complaint with the state and CVS has since agreed to eliminate the offending questions.
But employment experts say the CVS case may represent a growing trend, with the use of personality tests on the rise. They say it’s unclear exactly how the tests are impacting job seekers with disabilities and whether some of the exams may in fact violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, reports MSNBC. To read more click here.