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Assignment 5 - Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 5 Section #...

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Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 5 Section # 4 When interviewing for a potential job, it is important to remember that there are limitations on what the employer can inquire. In fact, there are many questions that are illegal to ask an interviewee pre-employment, as mandated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Guidelines (1978 and revisions). One such question is anything involving the marital status of the potential employee. The basis behind this limitation is the question’s many hidden meanings; there are many possible underlying motives an employer might have for asking such a question. In one sense, a married person may be a more dependable employee, especially if they have children in addition to a spouse. This is because such a person would desire stability; they would want to avoid finding a new job and having to uproot their family. Conversely, an employer may not want to hire someone who is married. They may be looking for a single person, meaning someone who would be more work-oriented because they only have themselves to take care of. In fact, studies have shown that employees are more likely to be asked to work overtime if they are single, for that very reason. Also, being single entails a high level of mobility – something which is important if the job requires a lot of travel or just time away from home in general. An article by Courtney Rubin on Inc.com describes a situation in which discrimination occurred against an employee with children (Rubin). A single mother stayed home from work one day because she needed to care for her sick child, and that very same day she was fired from her job. In this case the woman was proven to be in the right and a victim of bias, and hence was a awarded a settlement of $200,000. If they employer had found out in the initial interview process that the woman was a single mother, it is highly likely that he would not have hired her in the first place. This story is a perfect example of why it is best to not reveal anything during an
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interview that could promote a biased opinion. In an interview one does not want to be labeled with any pre-existing Stereotypes; it is best to be as professional as possible and be seen on one’s own terms. Thus, if asked any sort of illegal question in the interview, the best policy is to not answer. Sexual harassment occurs in many different facets of life, and occurs every day. Any sort
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