RI agency finds probable cause in CVS civil rights complaint

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights is allowing a civil rights complaint over an online job application used by pharmacy chain CVS Caremark to go forward.

The complaint filed in 2009 by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the application for customer service jobs includes questions that could elicit information about people's mental health and be used to discriminate against them.

The ACLU says the form asks applicants to respond to statements including ``You change from happy to sad without any reason,'' and ``Your moods are steady from day to day.''

The commission found there is probable cause that CVS violated the law, which allows the ACLU to sue.

A spokesman for Woonsocket-based CVS did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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