Legal Rights During a Job Interview
There are multiple state and federal anti-discrimination laws that protect you during the job hiring process.
Do you know it's illegal for any employer to do the following?Discriminate applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964);
Pay men and women unequally despite performing substantially similar work Equal Pay Act of 1963);
Discriminate on the basis of age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967);
Discriminate on the basis of disability, if the applicant is otherwise qualified (Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973); or
Discriminate based on an applicant's genetic information (Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008).
As a business owner, hiring manager, or prospective employee, it's important to know these types of questions asked during an interview or on an application are not permitted:
1) Are you a U.S. citizen? 2) What is your citizenship or country of origin? 3) What is your age? 4) What is your marital status? 5) Do you plan to have a family? How many children do you have? 6) Do you have any genetic diseases? 7) What is your religion? 8) Do you have a disability?
No Drug Tests Against Applicant's WillDid you know it's illegal for employers to force job applicants to take a drug test? This means an employer cannot force an applicant to take a drug test against the applicant's will. However, an employer offering a job that is contingent on passing a drug test is indeed lawful, and the applicant can choose to submit to the test or not.