The Bottom Line: Employee Background Checks

May 6, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Christine Cunneen, co-founder and CEO of Johnston-based Hire Image, a company specializing in background screenings for job applicants. 

Their conversation delves into what employers seek in a background check, what job seekers should know about social media and disclosing their past history to a potential employer, and the legal limitations on background reporting.

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state and the state corrections department, claiming employment discrimination. The Justice Department claims employment practices for hiring entry-level corrections officers violate the Civil Rights Act.

The lawsuit challenges the hiring practice at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections requiring applicants to take a written and video exam. The Justice Department claims that those exams do not help identify qualified candidates, but instead disproportionately screen out black and Hispanic candidates.