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Shirley Akrasih is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice. She recently graduated from Howard University School of Law, where she completed her Juris Doctor and served as a staff editor for the Howard Law Journal.

Q. My company wants to improve our hiring process to help avoid costly errors that may lead to potential discrimination claims. What best hiring practices do you recommend?

A. Hiring new employees — whether high school and college students looking for part-time work or recent graduates entering the workforce — can be challenging. One possible risk is that a job applicant could claim unlawful discrimination based on your decision not to hire that applicant, even if the claim is not valid. We offer the following helpful tips to consider as you conduct the hiring process:

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