The Use of Polygraphs to Screen Potential Employees
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Each year, retail employees steal an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion in merchandise from employers. Many businesses are using the preemployment polygraph test as a preventative measure to protect themselves from such losses. Opponents of the test, however, raise serious moral and ethical questions about its use. They argue that the test violates an individual's rights by invading privacy and requiring self-incrimination. In addition, they challenge the test's reliability and validity.