ERIC Number: ED083456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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The Lie Detector in Employment; An Examination of Some of the Problems. Key Issues Series. Number 2.
Coghill, Mary Ann; Gruenfeld, Elaine F.
In a review of personnel polygraphing, the history of the polygraph technique is discussed. Since it is a controversial technique used by employers to test employees' honesty and loyalty by measuring physiological reactions, an increasing number of States and localities are taking legal action to prevent its use. The results of several arbitration cases provide evidence of the trend towards its abolishment, and the United States Government has curtailed its use of the technique as a result of congressional investigations. At both the State and Federal levels of government, self-incrimination and invasion of privacy are considered grounds for opposition to the technique. An evaluation of the status of the polygraph technique in 1973 stresses the importance of a competent, trained examiner in administering the test, the continuing controversy which surrounds the test itself, and suggestions for legislation to insure its control. (A list of annotated references is provided. The review concludes with texts from thirteen State statutes relating to polygraphs and a list of arbitration cases involving polygraph tests.) (AG)
Descriptors: Employment Interviews, Employment Practices, History, Legislation, Local Government, Personnel Policy, Personnel Selection, Polygraphs, State Legislation
New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850 ($2.00 plus New York State sales tax and $0.25 handling charge unless payment accompanies order)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.