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Warning: You could face a claim of discrimination if you ask these three questions during an interview

by , 03 October 2014
You're mistaken if you think you can ask a potential candidate anything you want to.

He could take you to the Labour Court if you ask a question that he feels unfairly discriminates against him and you could end up paying thousands in compensation.

Can you imagine paying thousands to someone who wasn't even your employee?

Don't take chances.

Keep reading to discover three questions you can't ask in an interview so you can avoid unfair discrimination claims.


Three questions you can't ask in an interview

 
Question #1: Are you disabled?
 
You can't ask questions during job interviews that elicit information about a disability, unless of course, not having any disability is an inherent requirement of the job.

 
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Question #2: Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant?
 
As a general rule, you shouldn't ask questions about pregnancy, sex or family status during the interview.
 
In addition, don't limit specific questions to male or female candidates only.
 
For example, it's okay to ask candidates if they're willing to travel for work, but it's not okay to put that question to female applicants only.
 
But you can ask: Do you anticipate any absences from work on a regular basis? Do you have any responsibilities or commitments that will prevent you from meeting specified work schedules?
 
Question #3: What are your religious beliefs?
 
Experts at the Labour & HR Club say, a person's religious beliefs shouldn't influence your decision to employ. Any question about religion will assume that the candidate should have religious beliefs and this will unfairly disadvantage an employee that feels religion isn't an important factor.
 
If the question asks for information that is inherently important to the job, then it is okay to ask the question. For example, you may safely ask a potential minister, priest, imam or rabbi what their religious beliefs are and be sure that your question is within the bounds of the law, say the experts.
 
Asking these three questions could result in an unfair discrimination claim, so stay away from them.
 
For more questions you shouldn't ask, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.



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