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Considerations in Addressing Adverse Impact

The IPMA-HR Assessment Services Department frequently receives inquiries regarding adverse impact: How to calculate it and how to reduce it. This handout was designed to provide IPMA-HR test users with information to consider when addressing adverse impact.

With a few exceptions, the information contained in this handout is largely based on two books, Adverse Impact and Test Validation by Dan Biddle (2006) and Employment Discrimination Litigation edited by Frank J. Landy (2005).

The information contained in this handout should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. It is the responsibility of the agency to make decisions regarding selection procedures. IPMA-HR strongly recommends that the agency consult with its legal staff regarding selection procedures. Only the jurisdiction is aware of local regulations and legal precedents that should dictate the agency’s actions.

This free publication is only available electronically.

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