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What actions are forbidden for employers in the hiring process?

Workplace discrimination is a very serious issue in the United States. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has rules set forth to help ensure that workplaces remain free of discrimination. What some people might not realize is that these rules cover a variety of situations from advertising job openings up to situations that may arise in the workplace.

What isn't allowed for employment advertisements?

When it comes to advertising, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring, there are specific points that everyone should know. In ads for positions, employers can't use language that would single out one gender, age group or any other similar factor. The same is true for employers that recruit employees.

What isn't allowed during the application and hiring process?

During the application and hiring process, employers can't base decisions on stereotypes, race, gender, color, national origin, disability or any other forbidden factors. It is also illegal for the employer to base job assignments and offers for employment based on any of those factors.

Are dress codes covered under discrimination laws?

A lot of employers have a dress code, which is perfectly legal as long as they pertain to everyone and don't single anyone out. Certain aspects of the dress code are covered under these anti-discrimination laws. A dress code that forbids certain cultural attire but permits other cultural attire would be forbidden. Generally, employers must make accommodations to permit attire that is required by certain religious beliefs unless doing so would lead to an undue hardship.

It is never acceptable for an employer to discriminate against anyone. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to take action to stop the discrimination.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices," accessed April. 16, 2015

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