ChoicePoint Closes Dallas Office, Lays Off 55 Employment Pre-Screeners

Maybe business is bad for ChoicePoint because more companies are relaxing their once-strict pre-employment screening policies. Even the FBI has loosened its necktie concerning prior marijuana usage of applicants, part of a campaign to hire hundreds of agents.

Or perhaps it’s due to ChoicePoint’s announcement last week of a 6.6% drop in second-quarter profits.

Either way, 55 ChoicePoint pre-employment background screeners are out of a job, now that the company has decided to close the Dallas employment screening location.

The company says the background screening work will be consolidated into other facilities around the country.

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Its other Dallas location, which performs background checks on people seeking to rent apartments, will remain operational.

The Atlanta-based company — which provides background checks, pre-employment drug screening, and insurance fraud information — employs approximately 5,500 people in nearly 60 locations.

Last week, the company reported that for the three months ending June 30, it earned $32.57 million compared to $34.86 million for the same period a year earlier.

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