How Employment Discrimination in New York Can Occur During the Interview Process

You just interviewed for a new job and you’re feeling uneasy about it. Perhaps you feel like the employer discriminated against you. By finding out about discrimination during the interview process, you can determine whether or not to take legal action against the employer.

Signs of Discrimination

The laws of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dictate that an employer cannot discriminate against you for your race, color, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, or pregnancy status. For example, an employer cannot make remarks about the color of your skin or how you identify in terms of your gender.

Additionally, you may notice a discriminatory job ad. It may say that it’s only hiring people who are under 30 years of age for a position or the company would prefer to hire a woman over a man.

Reasonable Questions in an Interview

Keep in mind that even if your identity comes up, it may not be discriminatory. For example, if you’re in a wheelchair, your potential employer may ask what kind of reasonable accommodation you would need, such as an accessible desk or lavatory, so that they can make sure you’re comfortable at work.

Suing for Discrimination

You may be able to sue the employer for discrimination during your job interview. Along with telling the interviewer that you believe the question they are asking is illegal, you can contact a lawyer to see if you have a case. They may be able to find more people the employer has discriminated against so you have a stronger case.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been discriminated against in a job interview and need representation, then contact the personal injury firm Gash & Associates for help. We assist clients throughout Westchester County and we offer you a free consultation. Get in touch now at (914) 328-8800.

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