Adverse Impact

According to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (UGESP, or Uniform Guidelines), adverse impact is a substantially different rate of selection in hiring, promotion, or other employment decision criterion which works to the disadvantage of members of a race, sex, or ethnic group.

The Uniform Guidelines were adopted in 1978 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), along with the Departments of Justice and Labor, to ensure compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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