Back It Up! Risks, Rewards (and NEW Regulations) Regarding Background Screening

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All employers want to hire the best. At minimum, that means knowing the work, criminal, and to some degree, personal backgrounds of applicants. Yet the tools to obtain this information have come under increasing attack. From class action lawsuits filed by the EEOC to Seattle’s criminal-protection statute, state and Federal agencies are severely restricting employer access to and use of background information. So what can an employer do? This presentation will provide a practical roadmap to what information can, and should, be obtained before hiring.


Aaron Goldstein
Dorsey and Whitney




Aaron Goldstein is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. His practice focuses on complex employment litigation and advice. Mr. Goldstein provides litigation expertise and advice regarding trade secret disputes; non-competition agreements; race gender, disability, national origin, age, religious, and sexual-orientation discrimination; whistleblower retaliation; sexual harassment; and protected leave under Oregon, Washington, and federal law. Mr. Goldstein has extensive experience with trade secrets litigation involving complex computer forensic investigations and has worked with top experts in the field. Mr. Goldstein also has experience representing clients before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Goldstein has experience representing businesses in a wide range of industries, including construction, computer software, semiconductor fabrication, property management, and banking.


Michael Droke
Dorsey and Whitney




Mr. Droke is a partner in the Labor and Employment and Ag/Cooperatives groups. He is also co-Chair of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, and member of the Privacy Practice Group, Executive Compensation Team, and Electronic Discovery Practice Group. He is currently the Partner-in-Charge of LegalMine, Dorsey’s state-of-the-art document review service. He was Dorsey & Whitney Partner of the Year in 2001. He previously served as a Co-Department Head for Labor and Employment, and Partner-in-Charge of the Seattle office.