While most people are aware that employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees in the workplace based on age, race, nationality, gender, age, religion or disability, many don’t know that this applies to the hiring process as well. Here are some insights from a leading NJ employment and workplace discrimination lawyer to help you spot illegal hiring practices.
Discriminatory job interview questions
According to New Jersey employment laws, during a job interview, an employer is not allowed to ask potential hires about:
- Their marital status
- If they are planning to have children, or are currently pregnant
- Their race, religion, the status of their citizenship, sexual preference, age (beyond asking if you are over 18 years old) and disability.
- Their use of drugs and/or alcohol
As an applicant, you are allowed to raise questions about this personal information as it regards yourself, and the interviewer can answer your questions but not go any further.
When is job discrimination legal?
It’s important to note that employers, however, are allowed to discriminate between applicants in some cases where there is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) where certain traits are necessary for the job requirement. For example, airliners are not allowed to hire pilots over a certain age, and modeling shoots for women’s clothing will only hire female models.
Speak to an employment attorney today if you’ve been the victim of illegal discrimination
Employment attorneys know exactly how to pursue and win a hiring discrimination case, and fight back against illegal hiring practices. With the help of the right employment lawyer, you can get the compensation you deserve.
Fighting a hiring discrimination case is a tough battle, and you deserve to have expert support. Chris Deininger is an experienced New Jersey employment attorney who can be at your side each step of the way to navigate the legal system, deal with relevant agencies and protect your future.
The consultation is free, contact Chris Deininger now.
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