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20 unlawful interview questions

Thanks to labor-law limitations, employers are not allowed to ask job applicants:

  • Their age.

  • Their race or questions directly or indirectly indicating race or color.

  • Their nationality or birthplace of applicant or applicant's parents.

  • Their height or weight where it is not relevant to the job.

  • What church they attend or the names of their priest, rabbi or minister.

  • If female, their maiden name or father's surname.

  • Their citizenship or whether they intend to become citizens.

  • Whether they have ever been arrested.

  • Whether they have ever had their wages garnished.

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  • Whether they can work under or with younger supervisors if the applicant is over age 40.

  • If they have children or the age of their children.

  • Who will care for children if applicant is hired.

  • The name or address of any relative of an adult applicant.

  • About any organizations, clubs, societies or lodges they belong to if this information would indicate their race, religion, color or ancestry.

  • Who resides with them.

  • If they own or rent their home.

  • What their husband or wife does.

  • Their thoughts or opinions regarding trade unions.

  • Specific years of school attendance or graduation.

  • About military experience in other than the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or reserve unit, or about draft classification or conditions of discharge.

Source: D'Ancona & Pflaum LLC

 
-- Updated: May 10, 2004
     

 

 
 
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