Legal Issues to Consider During the Hiring Process:
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (Title VII)
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
The hiring process may include an array of legal issues, frequently connected to equal employment opportunity laws. Many laws are applicable to the multiple stages of the hiring process, starting from the normal job interview to the hiring decision itself. This research paper explores the laws related to discrimination in the hiring process as well as agencies that are involved in regulating and monitoring employment opportunity laws. Abiding by the employment opportunity laws are non-negotiable and organizations are responsible and consistent when interviewing and considering job applicants. Acknowledging the employment laws allows a chance for qualified employees to obtain positions with organizations, thus creating a “win-win” situation for the employer and employee. It may be simple and important to identify illegal practices; however it is equally important to uncover best practices for preventing workplace discrimination in addition to basic terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and it is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated . . . [O]ne hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet free from the bonds of injustice. And this nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.-JFK, 1963
In the summer of 1963, President John F. Kennedy appeared on T.V. to address the faltering nation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was...