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‘Overqualified’: Legit phrase or lawsuit bait?

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Firing,Hiring,HR Management,Human Resources

Unemployment last month hit its highest level since 1983, and a national unemployment rate over 10% for several months is “certainly within the realm of possibility,” says Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

One side effect: HR is receiving a flood of résumés whenever it does post a job. Many applicants have far more experience and education than the job requires.

But be alert:
Advise hiring managers to avoid using the term “overqualified” in front of job candidates or in any written description of them. Reason: Rejected applicants could view the term as an age-related code word, thus sparking an age discrimination lawsuit.

Job-related chat rooms have been buzzing about the topic for months. Last month, “Hank from New Jersey” on the Indeed.com discussion group nominated “You’re overqualified” as “the excuse of the year.” He added, “I’m starting to think that ‘you are overqualified’ is just another way of saying ...(register to read more)

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