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We talk a lot about employment discrimination on this blog. It’s pretty much the bread and butter of the employment attorney’s repertoire. Most of the lawsuits stem from the conduct of employers to people who are already employed. However, did you know job applicants also have protections?

How many of the thousands of job ads that you’ve reviewed refer to “seasoned” employees or “recent grads only.” How many ads for “salesman” have you seen?

Although these are all subtle phrases, likely not meant to be discriminatory, if an employer is limiting its job search based on restricted characteristics, such as age, gender, race, or disability, they may be violating your rights even if you are not an employee.

Now, we're not recommending going around and suing everyone with a poorly-written ad, though that would certainly be an interesting way to spend your free time. It might even create a job for a lawyer or two.

Instead, we believe that it is important to know your rights and what your potential employer has the right to consider in the hiring process. That's where the FindLaw Guide to Hiring comes in.

Among the questions addressed in the guide are:

  • Can my employer check my credit/criminal history/transcripts, etc?
  • The ad says, "females only." Is that okay?
  • What can an employer ask me in my interview?
  • What's the deal with pre-employment tests?
  • I was on workers compensation from an injury at my previous job. Will this hurt me?
  • What do I do if I think that I was discriminated against?

This job market is bad enough in this soul-crushing economy. Job seekers should not have to fight an uphill battle due to discriminatory employers.

Check out the free FindLaw Guide to Hiring, and if you have any questions afterwards, feel free to drop by our FindLaw Answers section and ask our community for help.

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