Employment Law Attorneys Blackfoot ID

While there are no published studies focusing on Singles profiling in job interviews, marital status is certainly a subject an employer should not ask about. There are several categories which employers must avoid because basing an employment decision on any one of them is discriminatory: Race, Color, Sex, Religion, National Origin, Birthplace, Age, Disability and, Marital/family status.

Brian P McClatchey
(800) 523-2464
P0 Box 236, S Hwy 95
Worley, ID
Specialties
Native Peoples Law, Contracts, Real Estate, Employment, Construction
Education
University of Michigan Law School,University of Washington
State Licensing
Idaho, Washington

Joanna Guilfoy
(208) 287-9271
607 N. 8th Street
Boise, ID
Specialties
Labor Law

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Michael G Dustin
(208) 522-0022
2000 Jennie Lee Dr
Idaho Falls, ID
Specialties
Employment, Workers Compensation, Litigation
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

David Martin Hyams
(208) 342-5000
101 S. Capitol Blvd, Suite 1400
Boise, ID
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Employment
State Licensing
Idaho

Julie Sobotta Kane
(208) 843-7355
Po Box 305
Lapwai, ID
Specialties
Native Peoples Law, Employment
State Licensing
Washington

Jeffrey D Neumeyer
(208) 388-4177
1111 W Jefferson St Ste 510
Boise, ID
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Employment, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

Joel Patrick Hazel
(208) 667-4000
608 NORTHWEST BLVD STE 300
COEUR D ALENE, ID
Specialties
Employment, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Idaho College of Law,Gonzaga University
State Licensing
Idaho, Washington

Leander Laurel James IV
(208) 667-0683
1626 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Washington

Guy Richard Knudsen
(208) 882-0209
1076 Wallen Rd
Moscow, ID
Specialties
Employment
Education
Univ Of New Hampshire,William Howard Taft Univ
State Licensing
California

James Evans Burbidge
(805) 644-0585
Po Box 174
Laclede, ID
Specialties
Employment
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Univ of West Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

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Single Profiling, Is There Such a Thing?

Q: I saw a news story about Mommy profiling at job interviews. I've felt that there has been Singles profiling in some of my job interviews. Is that legal?

 

While there are no published studies focusing on Singles profiling in job interviews, marital status is certainly a subject an employer should not ask about. There are several categories which employers must avoid because basing an employment decision on any one of them is discriminatory: Race, Color, Sex, Religion, National Origin, Birthplace, Age, Disability and, Marital/family status. Clearly the primary issue in this last category is most often focused on protecting women with children or planning to have children and persons with family obligations that an employer might perceive would get in the way of work hours. While an employer may ask about your availability, they are not entitled to ask about your family circumstances.

Though marital status discrimination is not covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many government employees may be protected by other provisions including the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), and a number of states and cities have statutes or ordinances specifically prohibiting marital status discrimination. While an employer may discuss availability or general plans for the future to gauge a person's commitment level, one cannot ask about pregnancy plans, lack thereof or marital status even if the inquiries as to marital status are to establish perceived home stability. And if you have a loved one at home for whom you are the sole caretaker, that is also off limits as far as inquiries.

Singles in the workplace often find that they are "volunteered" or requested to work overtime or additional hours, as opposed to others in the office, that may or may not be compensated. This too is an inappropriate request/demand by an employer, and if you feel uncomfortable with this circumstance you are encouraged to speak to a Human Resources manager about your concerns. As marital status discrimination in the workplace can be a gray area, it is also suggested that you document any perceived indiscretion so that should you need to seek legal counsel you will be armed with proper documentation of your claims.

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DISCLAIMER: This publication is distributed with the understanding that it does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The information provided is for general purposes only, as readers are advised to consult with a qualified lawyer regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances.


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