BECOME A TESTER

Civil rights testing, which is an investigative process designed to gather detailed information, may be used to uncover discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and government services. Testing has been used as a civil rights enforcement tool for over forty years, and is recognized by Federal and State courts across the country as an important and effective tool for objectively detecting discriminatory practices.

ERC’s extensive civil rights testing expertise is integral to its investigative efforts and distinguishes the ERC from other civil rights organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS TESTING?

Testing is akin to “secret shopping”. Testing is an investigative tool designed to gather objective information about an entity’s business practices or compliance with civil rights laws. A test is a simulated interaction or transaction between a tester and an entity.

WHAT IS A TESTER?

Testers are individuals who pose as persons seeking certain services, accommodations, or opportunities (e.g. housing, employment, accessibility, goods or services, etc.) for the purpose of collecting information. The information gathered is analyzed, and may be used to determine an entity’s compliance with applicable standards for equal treatment.

WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH CONDUCTING A TEST?

That will depend on the type of test. For a housing test, you may be asked to go and view an apartment at an apartment complex. For an employment test, you may be asked to submit a resume or participate in an interview with a particular employer. For other tests, you may be asked to observe and record physical features of a particular store, restaurant, apartment unit, or other public place. After all tests, you will complete a factual, detailed and objective account of what transpired on your test.

No matter what type of test you are performing, the ERC will properly train and prepare you for the assignment.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

The time required to complete a test will vary, and can range from less than an hour to several hours. Accepting test assignments is completely voluntary. However, if you accept a test assignment, it is crucial that you have time available to complete the test from start to finish. Since the time required to complete each test varies, you should ask the test coordinator how long they reasonably expect the test to take.

The ERC makes no guarantee of you receiving assignments. Tester availability, willingness to travel, and timely completion of report forms and narrative accounts are all factors in the ERC’s ability to provide assignments.

WILL I GET PAID FOR MY WORK?

Yes. Testers are paid a flat rate for each test they complete plus approved expenses. The rate to be paid varies depending on the nature/type of test.

WHY ARE YOU ASKING MY RACE, GENDER IDENTITY, DATE OF BIRTH, ETC.?

ERC uses your personal characteristics to properly match you for each specific test. All information that you provide is kept confidential.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BECOME A TESTER?

If you would like to become a tester, fill out our tester application form.

After submission of these forms, you may be asked to attend a required training, successfully complete a practice test, and provide reasonable availability for future testing projects.

If you have any questions, email tester@equalrightscenter.org.

If you would like to become a tester, fill out our tester application form.

After submission of these forms, you may be asked to attend a required training, successfully complete a practice test, and provide reasonable availability for future testing projects.

If you have any questions, email tester@equalrightscenter.org.

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