Are pre-offer agility tests discriminatory?

Many employers in the country are reluctant to set up pre-offer agility tests to see if a candidate is able to meet the physical demands of the job before an official offer of employment due to fears that they might be violating any of the country’s anti-discrimination guidelines.

However, it is important to note that a new hire agility test is not a medical exam, nor is it intended to collect medical history. As such, it is not in any way intended to exclude applicants with physical and/or mental conditions. Pre-offer agility tests are aimed to assess if the candidate can meet the necessary demands of the duty by evaluating his or her capacity to perform certain work-related tasks, such as lifting a specified amount of weight or climbing ladders.  This way, employers can guarantee the safety of their would-be workers while ensuring workplace efficiency.

At WorkSTEPS, we offer accurate pre-offer agility testing in accordance with the existing anti-discriminatory provisions and guidelines. Call us at (512) 617-4100 if you want to learn more about pre-offer agility testing today.

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