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.

Woodson William Bassett III
(479) 521-9996
P. O. BOX 3618 221 N COLLEGE AVE
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
State Licensing
Arkansas

Dale Wayne Brown II
(479) 521-9996
P.O. BOX 3618 221 N COLLEGE AVE
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Specialties
Transportation, Litigation, Employment, Personal Injury, Business
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Michael J. Dennis
(870) 534-5532
P.O. BOX 7808 315 E 8TH AVE
PINE BLUFF, AR
Specialties
Insurance, Employment, Personal Injury, Litigation, Workers Compensation
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Southern Illinois University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Michael Muskheli
(501) 372-0800
111 CENTER ST STE 2200
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Employment, Media, International Law
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Guy W. Murphy Jr
(501) 376-8222
200 LOUISIANA ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Health Care, Litigation, Probate, Banking, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Steven W. Quattlebaum
(501) 379-1707
111 CENTER ST STE 1900
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products, Environmental, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Western State College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Kathlyn Graves
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 1800
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Civil Rights, Employment
Education
Rhodes College,Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Eva Camille Madison
(479) 582-6100
3739 N. Steele Blvd., Suite 300
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Discrimination
State Licensing
Arkansas, Tennessee

Penny Collins Choate
100 N SPRING ST
SEARCY, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Employment, Family
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Litt
State Licensing
Arkansas

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

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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