Identifying unlawful discrimination in the hiring process
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Identifying unlawful discrimination in the hiring process

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2021 | Firm News |

If you are looking for a new job, you could face a number of challenges during your search. From a lack of openings to inexperience and other hurdles, finding a good job is often difficult. Unfortunately, some workers have an especially tough time during their job search because they experience discrimination.

Some job applicants fail to recognize discrimination during the hiring process, while others do not realize that discriminating against job applicants is against the law.

Examples of discrimination during the hiring process

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides a number of examples of ways in which job applicants experience unlawful discrimination. Employers cannot refuse to provide job applications to certain people as a result of their racial background, religious beliefs or sex. When making a hiring decision, an employer cannot base their decision on stereotypes related to a prospective worker’s sex, faith, racial background or age (if they are over the age of 40).

Covered employers must provide reasonable accommodations to disabled job applicants. Furthermore, if employers require a test during the hiring process, the test cannot unfairly exclude certain applicants based on their racial background, age (if over 40) or sex.

Unlawful discrimination in job ads

It is also against the law for employers to post job ads that show a preference for people from certain racial backgrounds or discourage people from older age groups from applying. For example, an employer cannot post an ad looking for females who recently graduated from college because this could prevent men over the age of 40 from applying.

Stand up for your rights, gather evidence and explore your options if you faced discrimination during your job hunt.