There are a lot of state and federal laws out there that are meant to protect you as a worker. Yet, far too often employers stray from the requirements imposed by these laws, causing harm to workers like you as a result. This happens across every aspect of the employment process, from hiring to firing.
Are there questions that a potential employer shouldn’t ask me?
Absolutely. There are a number of questions that are indicative of discrimination, the answers to which may cause you to miss out on an employment opportunity. Here are some questions that are illegal for a potential employer to ask:
- Do you suffer from a disability?
- Do you have a medical condition that will prevent you from working in this position?
- Are you a citizen of the United States?
- How old are you?
- What’s your sexual orientation?
- What’s your gender identity?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- Do you anticipate having children?
- What is your ethnic background?
- What religion do you practice?
Sometimes employers can get around some of these questions, such as by asking if you are capable of performing the job requirements instead of asking if you have a disability that would prevent you from working in a position. So, there are some gray areas here. But if a question makes you feel uneasy, then there’s a good possibility that it’s illegal.
Do you need an advocate on your side?
If you feel like you’ve been cheated out of a job because of discriminatory questioning during the interview process, then you may want to discuss the circumstances with an attorney who can help you fight for the outcome that you deserve. Don’t be like most people and just accept the decision that the employer made. After all, you have rights, and you should act to protect them when they’ve been infringed upon.
If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to protect your interests, then please continue to research your representation options and reach out to a firm that you think will provide you with the advocacy that you need.