Taking legal action against improper interview questions

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Question: I'm an unemployed HR Manager and I recently interviewed for an Office Manager position at a 45-person law firm. Believe it or not, the Managing Partner asked me if I was married and had children. I really think he didn’t know better because they don’t have any HR people working at the firm.

Knowing I shouldn't respond to the question, but yet needing the job and not wanting to blow my chances of being hired, I answered the questions. How should I have handled it?

I'm thinking that if I get the job, then I should point out the illegality of what he asked and inform him what he legally can and cannot ask. It also crossed my mind that he knew exactly what he was doing and wanted to see if I would answer the question.  -- Susan


I thought exactly what your last sentence said; he was testing you. Too bad it caught you off guard because you could have said, ...(register to read more)

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vicki March 30, 2009 at 1:28 am

During the second interview for a role in HR, the manager and I chatted generally about current and past world events, and he commented ‘oh so you must be the same age as me’. I smiled, waved my finger at him, and said ‘Ah ah, you aren’t allowed to ask me that’. He chuckled and I got the job anyway.


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