The Employee Polygraph Protection Act
The U.S. Department of Labor provides many protections for U.S. employees. People are most familiar with civil rights protections, including those against racial, age, and gender discrimination. Another important and fairly recent addition to these is the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). Under the EPPA, most employers are barred from requiring employees or prospective employees from taking polygraph tests for any reason. Moreover, they cannot penalize employees for refusing to submit to such a test.
If you are employed with a private U.S. company that illegally asked you to take a polygraph test or treated you unfairly after a legitimate refusal to take this test, the Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, can help you to pursue appropriate remedies. Contact us at 512-330-0017 to speak with a qualified attorney today.
Provisions of the EPPA
According to the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, an employer is not legally allowed to do the following:
- Ask, demand, or cause a current or future employee to take a polygraph test
- Utilize, ask for, or accept the results of a current or future employee’s lie detector test
- Discriminate against, punish, or deny employment to an employee who refuses to take a polygraph test
- If an employer commits any of these actions, they may face a number of penalties and the individual whose rights were violated may be due compensation for the incident.
Do not hesitate to speak with an attorney if your rights under the EPPA have been breached. Contact the Austin employment attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, by calling 512-330-0017.