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You Are Not A Puppy-How To Push Back On Discrimination In The Hiring Process

After putting in hours upon hours of reading job descriptions, researching companies, and tailoring your resume to get noticed you receive the email--we want to interview you. 

The excitement builds as you read through the email. Send us your resume, complete the application, and provide us with the requested information, and we will be in touch to schedule an interview. 

Like a good puppy, you comply. 

But you are not a puppy. If a company requires you to fill out EEO and Veterans' information before an interview--Do Not Comply! Complain! 

You Are Not A Puppy

Sending this information before an interview is discriminatory. Recruiters working on behalf of the company or companies requesting this information are violating the law. 

Under Title VII, a company may not base hiring decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about a person's race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information, and Veterans and Service Members status. 

It is illegal for a company to recruit new employees who discriminate against them. Applicants may be able to sue for illegal job interview questions if denied a job. Illegal interview questions include any questions that don't directly relate to the open role.  

How to push back on discrimination in the hiring process? 

1. Come prepared with documentation and other detailed information about the situation, as complaints about unfair hiring practices must have supporting documentation. 

2. As an applicant, you will most likely not have access to the company's hiring process. However, you can use the online job advertisement as supporting documentation. Look for "we are an equal opportunity employer" in the online job advertisement. 

3. Inform Human Resources. If Human Resources fails to timely follow up be certain to document and report the discrimination complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A complaint may be filed by mail or, in person at the nearest EEOC office. You can find the closest EEOC office by calling the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000 or by going to the EEOC's Field Office List and Jurisdiction Map and selecting the office closest to you.

It is HR's job to ensure that the hiring process is nondiscriminatory. If a company treats an applicant less favorably because of your race, age, gender, etc. Remember, you have rights, and it is your job to exercise them. 

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