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51 Percent Have Been Asked Inappropriate Questions During Job Interviews

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Nov 3, 2017

A recent survey has found that 51 percent of people who have ever applied for a job have received questions during the interview process that could be cited as evidence of discrimination, according to Inc. The poll, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. surveyed 1,054 adults. 

Of the 51 percent who were asked inappropriate questions, 35 percent were asked about their age, 35 percent were asked about their marital status, 21 percent were asked about their medical history or whether they have a disability, 11 percent have been asked whether they or their partner were pregnant or planned to have children, and 9 percent were asked about their religious beliefs. Under the law, employers are not allowed to discriminate against someone due to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or pregnancy. 

While the questions asked may not necessarily be illegal unto themselves, they could be used as evidence discrimination happened if they did not get the job, or to build a case for a pattern of discrimination. Inc said that while there is training to avoid this, the situation has changed little over the past decade.