May 1, 2013 / Media Mention quotes Jodka in article about the risks surrounding conducting background checks

Sara Jodka, an attorney in Porter Wright's Labor and Employment Department, was interviewed for and quoted in the article, "Database hazards: What's safe when conducting background checks?" published at on May 1, 2013. The article - included in the website's weekly e-zine, HR Hero Line - discusses the risks involved when using background checking databases to research potential candidates for job positions.

From, Tammy Binford reporting:
"Even though it’s crucial to get thorough information on potential employees, Sara H. Jodka, an attorney with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus, Ohio, calls such databases 'landmines for potential litigation.'

Jodka cites the stance the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken on background checks along with hazards presented by the FCRA, which outlines procedures that employers must follow in obtaining criminal history information from 'third-party consumer reporting agencies' such as the database companies.

'Employers are really rolling the dice if they choose to use these databases,' Jodka says, adding that the risk of litigation is likely to outweigh any benefit. She explains that the FCRA requires those keeping information to use 'reasonable procedures' to make sure information is fair and equitable to the consumer."

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