What should I have done after inappropriate interview question? — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
Recently, I was the HR rep sitting in on an applicant interview, when the hiring manager asked, “With working, family, and going to school, how will you be able to handle the workload?” I immediately told the applicant she didn’t have to answer, but she said it was OK and went ahead and replied. After the interview, I explained to the manager why it was an inappropriate question. Eventually we hired someone else for the job. But I’m a nervous wreck, fearing that this question will come back to haunt us in a lawsuit. Should I have done anything differently? Is there anything I can do now to make sure we don’t get in trouble?—Carolyn, KS
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