Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that may violate federal laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a list of best practices for employers to use in their workplaces to prevent harassment. According to the EEOC, the following five core principles have generally proven effective in preventing and addressing harassment.
There isn’t an exhaustive list of questions employers should avoid asking, but employers need to be careful that any questions asked cannot be interpreted as discriminatory. To help avoid discrimination claims, information requested from the applicant should be directly related to the position he or she is interviewing for. Acceptable topics include previous work experience, education and skills that are necessary for the position. Here are some suggested subjects to generally avoid in an interview.