What You Can't Ask

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Familiarize yourself with the legal side of interviewing.

June 01, 2003
Subject Area
  
Examples of Unlawful Questions

Race or Color
  
Are you Puerto Rican?

What is your EEO status?

Marital/Parental Status
  
Are you married/single/divorced?

How many children do you have?

What are the ages of your children?

Name
  
What is your maiden name?

Do you have a maiden name?

Residence/Financial Condition
  
Do you own or rent your home?

Do you have significant debt?

Sex/Sexual Orientation
  
Do you wish to be addressed as Mrs., Ms., or Miss?

Do you have a significant other?

Age
  
How old are you?

What is your date of birth?

Arrest
  
Have you ever been arrested?

Religion or Creed
  
What is your religious denomination/affiliation?

What religious holidays do you observe?

This is a Catholc/Protestant/Jewish organization.

National Origin
  
Is that a Spanish surname?

What is your nationality?

Where are your parents from?

What is your family background?

Citizenship
  
Are you a naturalized or native-born citizen?

Do you have naturalization papers?

What is your citizenship status?

Education
  
When did you graduate from high school?

When did you graduate from college?

Language
  
What is your native language?

Is English a second language?

When/how did you learn French?

Disability
  
Are you disabled?

Do you have a handicap?

Have you ever been treated for cancer (or other disease/illness)?

Have you ever received worker's compensation?

Organizations
  
To which social clubs, societies, and lodges do you belong?

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