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How dare you ask me that?!
September 09, 2010, 10:29:15 AM
Mommas,

Certain interview questions are illegal under federal laws & some state and local laws.
Have you ever been asked an inappropriate question during a job interview?



How did you react? What did you do?

Would you know if an interviewer was asking you an illegal question?



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Questions interviewers are not allowed to ask you:


1. How old are you?

Although employers are allowed to ask if you are over the age of 18, they cannot ask you directly how old you are.
Additionally, American workers over the age of 40 are covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older.



2. Are you married?

Questions about marital status are prohibited. Sneaking in a question such as
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Do you prefer to be addressed as Mrs., Miss, or Ms?

is not allowed either.



3. Are you a U.S. citizen?

According to The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). It is OK for an employer to ask an interviewee if they are authorized to work in the US, but they cannot ask about citizenship and immigration status during the hiring process.



4. Do you have any disabilities?

This question is illegal according to The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Employers cannot discount anyone from a job because of a physical or mental disability. The law requires that employers accommodate disabilities unless they can prove it would cause significant difficulty or expense to do so. Employers also cannot ask you if you have had any illnesses or operations in the past.



5. Do you take drugs, smoke or drink?

Employers are allowed to ask if you have ever been disciplined for violating company policies about the use of alcohol and tobacco products. They can also ask you directly if you use illegal drugs. What they can't ask for is information about your use of prescription medications.



6. What religion do you practice?

It is illegal to discriminate against an applicant because of religion or religious beliefs.



7. What is your race?

There is no situation in which questions about an employee's race or skin color should be use to determine their eligibility for a job. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. Employers are allowed to ask an employee to reveal their race on a voluntary basis for affirmative action purposes.



8. Are you pregnant?

An employer can ask about an employee's availability or commitment to a position by asking about long-term career goals or the ability for an employee to work overtime and travel, but questions about pregnancy are of limits according to The Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

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Re: Questions that are NOT allowed
#1: September 09, 2010, 10:58:51 AM
OMG...years ago, I was asked if I was married at a job interview I was doing to try & find a job in preparation for leaving the Navy. I had a feeling that the interviewer shouldn't be asking me that, but I was a little naive & I answered her anyway.

I know that they say the married thing is used against women to infer they will not be committed to the job & it's seen as a good thing for men because it infers stability... but the lady said

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Good - everyone here is married!

So, I was "in there." She offered me the job & I accepted.

I have been on an interview where the interviewer kept looking at my breasts  :twitchshock:

I have been on an interview where the person asked me how much money my parents make.  :twitchshock:

My thing is - how do you not answer some of these questions without making things awkward in the interview?
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#2: September 09, 2010, 11:04:00 AM
Forgot to say that I did not know that "How old are you?" was straight up illegal.

Like I said before, I suspected the married question.

The preggo question I knew about definitely.

As far as the drug / smoke / drink question - I am used to applying for jobs which require certain invasive (ahem) tests...LOL!
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#3: September 09, 2010, 11:42:49 AM
it has been a long time since I've interviewed for anything, so I can't remember, at the moment, whether or not I've been asked illegal questions.

One of the last clases I took, I had to write a paper on this very subject! I was also surprised that you couldn't ask age.
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#4: September 23, 2010, 09:11:00 PM
Yeah..it is surprising since you can basically look at some people and tell how old they are...
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#5: September 23, 2010, 09:30:18 PM
Sort of. I card people every day for tobacco/cigs and I'm occasionally surprised by someone's age.
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#6: April 22, 2011, 08:37:16 PM
Melonhead, does your store have a sign up that says if you look 40 and under, you'll be carded, just curious, some stations in the cities do this.
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Re: How dare you ask me that?!
#7: April 22, 2011, 09:30:39 PM
We used to, but not now. It was a sign from one of the tobacco companies and with all the lawsuits they have dealt with, they have switched signs and now most of them say the dangers of smoking/chewing.

I tell people who argue with me that we're supposed to card everyone who looks under 30.
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