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How Not To Hire a Walking Lawsuit


Screen out job applicants before they cause you grief

For some employers, aggressive interviewing is simply asking: "How soon can you start?" Employment lawsuits are not abstract concepts. These lawsuits have legs. They walk into your company, apply for a job, get hired, and wait for their opportunity to strike. Often they have a spotty employment history, a poor work ethic, a bad attitude, a more than a few emotional problems.

Because they tend to view themselves as victims, it usually doesn't take long for them to decide they are being mistreated - and then it's off to court. With some skill and effort, however, most employers can spot the walking lawsuits screen them out of the hiring process.

If the applicant seems like a walking lawsuit waiting to happen, don't hire him or her, no matter how shorthanded you are.

This article appeared in the June 1, 2009 issue of San Diego News Network.

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