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Employee rights during the hiring process

United States law gives you certain rights even before you become part of an organization. There are certain rules that employers must follow during the hiring process. The law prohibits companies from discriminating between candidates on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or pregnancy. There may only be exceptions if the job title requires certain types of individuals. Employers who do not treat all candidates equally might face severe consequences in case a complaint is filed.

Employers may not ask you personal questions that have no effect on your ability to perform your job. Controversial questions like the candidate's race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status and family background should not be asked according to the law. Applicants who face such questions have the right to file a complaint against the organization.

During the hiring process, employers must explain the job position and what is required. Employers should refrain from making false statements and promises about a job or its conditions.  And employees could file a complaint if promises are not fulfilled. The law encourages employers to help their employees register for benefits and inform them about workers' compensation. The government also requires the federal employee identification number of each candidate so that it can be entered into the Internal Revenue Service system.

If you have recently faced unfair hiring practices by an organization, it is advisable to contact an experienced attorney to help you file a complaint. An attorney might be able to get you compensated for discrimination or implied contractual promises that were never fulfilled.

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