Questions You Don’t Have to Answer (and How Not to Answer Them)

Employers are forbidden by law to make hiring decisions based in any way on marital status, sexual orientation, age, ethnic background or national origin, race, religious beliefs, gender, or disabilities. There are exceptions, in cases where a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) can be demonstrated, but, in general, these personal characteristics and attributes are protected by law. So it follows that most questions concerning your marital status, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origins are either blatantly illegal or tread on very shaky ground.
A bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) is an employment criterion that permits discrimination ...

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