Sunday, October 07, 2012

Pre-employment personality tests coming into question in court, but they seem to be legal by the EEOC


CNN has reported (on television, Saturday October 7) on litigation by a woman against an employer after she “failed” a true-false personality test.  The CNN story isn’t online yet, but both “legal guys” (Avery Freeman and Richard Herman) indicated that job relevancy of the tests would be critical.

In 2010, the southern California Metrolink service created controversy over a personality test seeking to find “focused introverts” who could operate trains without distraction, after a serious commuter rail wreck, link here.

Business Management Daily has a story about guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Dec. 20, 2007.  It’s likely that a court will rule within these guidelines, even if they are five years old.  The link is here.  

In 2002, AT&T required personality tests of job applicants. I took one at home (after my layoff) and was told by computer “based on your responses, you cannot apply for six months”.

The TSA gives a 380-question TF test for screener applicants.

There is litigation where the University of Minnesota is suing someone for posting part of its MMPI online, a “copyright” issue that we’ll discuss later.  It’s clear that companies want to keep the contents of these tests secret.

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