Fall 2019 Article:
Hiring Interview - What Can Employers Ask Applicants?
Illegal job interview questions solicit information from job candidates that could be used to discriminate against them. Asking questions about personal characteristics that are protected by law, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin or age, could result in charges of discrimination, investigations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and, eventually, lawsuits if issues cannot be resolved. These types of questions may discourage some individuals from applying, may be viewed suspiciously by some applicants, and may be considered evidence of intent to discriminate by the EEOC. If you do not have this information when you decide who to hire, it may be easier for you to defend your business against a hiring discrimination complaint.