Under recently signed legislation, New York City will begin a year-long employment tester program in which paired job applicants with similar experience and qualifications will express interest in the same job. One will belong to a protected class and one will not.
The legislation calls for a minimum of five investigations. Any perceived discrimination will trigger a referral to the city’s Commission on Human Rights.
Testers will not be used as part of existing investigations, but rather will be sent out in search of new discriminatory hiring practices.
Note: Employers should ensure their advertisements do not discourage anyone from applying and train all personnel on neutral application/resume evaluation.