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9 Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/secrets-toyour-success/9-common-interview-questions-actually-illegal-201733303.html

Interesting perspective on illegal interview questions. Franchisees and the hiring.managers should be aware of these as training guidelines.

I think The article can be more clear about what the actual action is that is illegal. Asking the questions or discovering the answer isn’t illegal, only using it as the reason for certain employment decisions is prohibited. But why tread on thin ice with these issues? Just avoid these topics as a general rule.

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3 comments
FuwaFuwaUsagi
FuwaFuwaUsagi

The village idiot writes: ============================================== Protecting employees from rampant corporate discrimination is government overreach? I hope I never work for you pig. ============================================== No need to worry. You would be filtered out by the intelligence testing portion of the application process.

Anon
Anon

The act of asking the question is what is illegal. If an interviewee volunteers the information, then the employer is not in violation unless he/she uses that information as a basis for discrimination in hiring.

FuwaFuwaUsagi
FuwaFuwaUsagi

I have a very different take than Ryan on this. Most of these labor laws are egregious example of Government overreach. As such they need to be resisted within the confines of the law. I am not a lawyer so I will not offer specifics. However be aware that there are generally 3 levels of labor laws you need to deal with: Federal, State, and local. Also almost universally there are a specific number of employees that triggers mandatory compliance. So the issue can become s simple as knowing what the trigger levels are and having n operational structure that avoids the mandates. Before I start/acquire any enterprise I look very closely at these rules. Once again I am not giving advice but I will say you can often carve a business into separate entities, outsource functions, and use contract services to reduce your overall employee count.