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I want to know whether applicants have ever been fired or stolen from a prior employer -- can I require them to take a lie detector test?

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I want to know whether applicants have ever been fired or stolen from a prior employer -- can I require them to take a lie detector test?

No. A federal law called the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (and the laws of many states) prohibits almost all employers from asking or requiring applicants to take a lie detector test. The only exception is for employers that deal in controlled substances or provide certain types of security services, who are allowed to require certain applicants to take a polygraph (a particular kind of lie detector test). For more information on requiring applicants to take tests, see Nolo's article Testing Job Applicants.

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