Legal Question in Business Law in California

When filling out a job application .Is it legal for companies to ask sometimes over 100 personal questions? Some companies say a computer will determine employment based on these questions .not on your experience .

Asked on 7/23/13, 9:35 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Carl Starrett Law Offices of Carl H. Starrett II

Potential employers have a great deal of latitude when it comes questions to determine if someone is a good fit for the company. The number of questions is irrelevant so long as the questions are legal to ask.

It is legal, for example, to ask someone if they are a U.S. citizen or if they have the legal right to live or work in the U.S. It is NOT legal to ask question like what country they are from or if they were born in the U.S. or naturalized citizen.

If you have concerns about specific questions, I recommend posting a new question about those areas of concern.

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Answered on 7/24/13, 9:04 am

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

Legal? Of course. Smart companies do psychological profiling tests along with background checks, and some do polygraph exams as well, but those require your consent. If you want the job, you consent.

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Answered on 7/24/13, 1:32 pm
Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

It really depends on what the specific questions are. There are certain questions they are not allowed to ask, under state law.

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Answered on 7/25/13, 10:18 am

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