California HR

News Notes: Government Expanding Use Of Undercover Testers

Federal agencies responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws are stepping up their use of ‘testers’-individuals who act as job applicants for the sole purpose of scoping out whether your hiring practices are legal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is now utilizing outside vendors to conduct the testing. And the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the agency that enforces affirmative action rules for employers who have contracts with the government, is expanding its testing program to target sex discrimination in Southern California workplaces. Recently, the agency zeroed in on employers in other parts of the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area.