Your Job: Background Checks, Medical and Drug Tests and More

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Education for Justice

Your employer can ask you for all kinds of information about you. They can ask for references, credit records and criminal records. They can ask questions to see if you can do the job and can even ask you to take tests. BUT employers can’t ask questions that discriminate. Unless there is a legal reason for doing it, there are things an employer can’t ask about in an interview or on a job application.

They can’t ask about your:

  • age
  • marital status
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • race
  • color
  • creed
  • religion
  • national origin
  • public benefits
  • disability
  • pregnancy
  • familial status (single, married, divorced)

See our fact sheet Discrimination and Harassment at Work.

Background Checks