By: Undisputed Legal/Skip Trace Department
An employer may ask you for all sorts of information about your background, especially during the hiring process. For example, some employers may ask about your employment history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of online social media.
It’s legal for employers to ask questions about your background or to require a background check — with certain exceptions. They’re not permitted to ask your for medical information until they offer you a job, and they’re not allowed to ask for your genetic information, including your family medical history, except in limited circumstances.
When an employer asks about your background, they must treat you the same as anyone else, regardless of your race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), or age if you’re 40 or older. An employer isn’t allowed to ask for extra background information because you are of a certain race or ethnicity.
If an employer treats you differently because of your race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), or older age, or asks you inappropriate questions about your medical status, medical history, or family medical history, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at eeoc.gov or 1-800-669-4000.
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