Employment Law Attorneys Siloam Springs AR

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.

Lela Rosalee Loriane Pickell
(479) 290-3843
2200 Don Tyson Parkway, Cp004
Springdale, AR
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Arkansas: Fayet
State Licensing
Texas

T. Scott Clevenger
(501) 376-9100
124 W CAPITOL AVE STE 860
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Fayet
State Licensing
Arkansas

Jess Askew III
(501) 372-0800
(ODD Range 101 - 199) CENTER ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Media, Employment
Education
University of California, Hastings College of the Law,Harvard University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Monte Darrel Estes
(501) 375-9151
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 3700
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Workers Compensation, Employment, Insurance
Education
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Benjamin David Brenner
(501) 372-0800
(ODD Range 101 - 199) CENTER ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Litigation, Employment, Appeals
Education
University of California at Davis School of Law,California State University, Northridge
State Licensing
Arkansas

Tanya Briana Spavins
(870) 534-5532
P. O. BOX 7808 315 E 8TH AVE
PINE BLUFF, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Employment
Education
University of Tulsa College of Law,University of Arkansas - Little Rock
State Licensing
Arkansas

George R. Rhoads
(479) 636-0875
119 S 2ND ST
ROGERS, AR
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Litigation, Estate Planning, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Luther Oneal Sutter II
(501) 224-1050
(EVEN Range 300 - 398) NATURAL RESOURCES DR
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Constitutional, Employment, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Lemon Law
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Littl
State Licensing
Arkansas

James C. Dockery
(479) 586-9959
401 Nw O St
Bentonville, AR
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of North Carolina
State Licensing
Texas

Melanie J. Mcclure
(501) 954-8073
8712 Counts Massie Road
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Arkansas, Washington

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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