Age

   Acceptable

  • If age is a legal requirement, can ask “If hired, can
    you furnish proof of age?” or a statement that hire is
    subject to age verification.

   Unacceptable

  • What is your date of birth?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be viewed as age discrimination

Attendance / Reliability

   Acceptable

  • What hours and days can you work?

   Unacceptable

  • How many children do you have?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be viewed as discriminatory toward females

Citizenship / National Origin

   Acceptable

  • Are you legally eligible for employment in the United States?

   Unacceptable

  • What is your national origin? Where are your parents from?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered national origin discrimination

Disabilities

   Acceptable

  • Can you perform the duties of the job you are applying for?

   Unacceptable

  • Do you have any disabilities?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered discrimination against people with disabilities

Arrest and Conviction

   Acceptable

  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

   Unacceptable

  • Have you ever been arrested?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered racial discrimination

Attendance / Reliability

   Acceptable

  • Do you have a reliable method of getting to work?

   Unacceptable

  • Do you own a car?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be viewed as racial discrimination

Gender

   Acceptable

  • Only if there is a bona fide occupational qualification

   Unacceptable

  • Do you wish to be addressed as Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms.?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered gender discrimination

Military Record

   Acceptable

  • What type of education, training and work experience relevant to the job did you receive while in the military?

   Unacceptable

  • What type of discharge did you receive?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination

Language

   Acceptable

  • What languages do you speak and write fluently? (if the job requires additional languages)

   Unacceptable

  • What is your native language? How did you learn to read, write or speak a foreign language?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered national origin discrimination

Salary History

   Acceptable

  • What are your salary expectations for this position?

   Unacceptable

  • What is your current salary? What was your starting and ending salary in any prior position?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be viewed as gender discrimination and may violate state law

Education

   Acceptable

  • Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent? Do you have a university or college degree? (if relevant to job performance)

   Unacceptable

  • What year did you graduate from high school or college?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered age discrimination

Religion

   Acceptable

  • Only if there is a bona fide occupational qualification

   Unacceptable

  • What is your religious denomination, religious affiliations, church, parish, pastor? What religious holidays do you observe?

   If Unacceptable, What is the Reason?

  • Could be considered religious discrimination

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