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6 Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal

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Did you know that during job interviews, any questions that reveal your age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status, or sexual orientations are off-limits?

Any question that asks a candidate to reveal information about such topics without the question having a job related basis will violate state and federal discrimination laws. However, if the employer asks questions so that they directly relate to specific occupational qualifications, then the questions may be legitimate.

The following is a list of questions that are illegal for job interviewers to ask:
1. Have you ever been arrested? An employer can’t actually legally ask you about your arrest record, but they can ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
2. What country are you from? This question is illegal because it involves your national origin. Employers can’t legally inquire about your nationality, but they can ask if you’re authorized to work in a certain country.
3. Is English your first language? However, in order to find out language proficiency, employers can ask you what other languages you read, speak, or write fluently.
4. Are you married? This is illegal because it reveals your marital status and can also reveal your sexual orientation.
5. What religious holidays do you practice? This question reveals your religion and that’s illegal.
6. Do you have children? It is unlawful to deny someone employment if they have children or if they are planning on having children in the future. However, the employer may ask, “What hours can you work?” or “Do you have responsibilities other than work that will interfere with specific job requirements such as traveling?”

PRACTICAL ADVISE: If you are asked any inappropriate questions, politely decline to answer.

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The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment cases. Our office has successfully litigated many complex disputes including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage and labor disputes, and retaliation cases.

Are you or anyone you know been discriminated at work? Contact the Law Offices of Payab & Associates @ (800) 401-4466 or visit http://employmentlawyersla.com/ if you have any questions regarding your rights at the workplace.

Under what bases are employees protected under State or Federal law?

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State and Federal law prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment because of the following categories:

• Age
• Civil union/domestic partners
• Citizenship
• Disability/handicap (physical or mental)
• Family status
• Gender identity
• Genetic information
• Marital status
• National origin/ancestry
• Pregnancy
• Protected complaints/activity
• Protected leave
• Race/color
• Religion/creed
• Sex/gender
• Sexual orientation
• Veteran status/military status

The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment cases. Our office has successfully litigated many complex disputes including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage and labor disputes, and retaliation cases.

If you or anyone you know has been discriminated or harassed based on these protected statuses, contact the Law Offices of Payab & Associates @ (800) 401-4466 or visit http://employmentlawyersla.com/

California’s DFEH Report Highlights Discrimination Trends

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The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), California’s civil rights agency, recently submitted an annual report showing trends toward filings related to disability, race and gender-based discrimination.

In 2012, there were 19,839 employment cases filed with the DFEH. The majority of the DFEH cases were for: Disability Discrimination (13,452), Race/Color Discrimination (6,990), and Sexual Harassment (6,169).

Trending in 2014 is an expected increase in discrimination cases based on gender, gender identity and gender expression. Also trending is an expected increase in cases brought under the California Family Rights Act and Pregnancy Disability Leave laws.

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The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment cases. Our office has successfully litigated many complex disputes including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage and labor disputes, and retaliation cases.

Are you or anyone you know been discriminated at work? Contact the Law Offices of Payab & Associates @ (800) 401-4466 or visit http://employmentlawyersla.com/ if you have any questions regarding your rights at the workplace.