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Virginia Equal Compensation LawyerThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) truly care about the well being of employees in the workplace. At the same time, both organizations do their best to provide assistance to the many companies throughout the country. For this reason, they have co-published two technical assistance documents related to laws that apply to performing background checks for employment purposes.

One document is for employers, while the other is for employees as well as job applicants. At this time, the documents are available for viewing at the EEOC website: Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know and Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know.

In the documents, both agencies emphasize how important it is for companies to get written permission from an applicant before obtaining a background report. They also explain that it is illegal to discriminate based on color, race, national origin, age, sex, disability, health, or genetic history.

On the other side of things, the agencies want job applicants to realize that it is not illegal for a company to ask about their background, as long as they do so within the parameters of the law.

The EEOC and FTC care about the well being of employers, employees, and job applicants. For this reason, they have co-published two documents touching on the finer details of the background check process.