— “How old are you?” and other age-related questions.
— “What is your religious background?” Even if a prospective employee volunteers this information, don’t engage in conversation about religion. Just move on.
–“Do you have a disability?” Ask whether the individual is capable of performing particular job duties, but steer clear of questions about medical history or whether an applicant has previously received workers’ compensation.
— “Are you planning to have children?” You can ask about a potential employee’s capacity and willingness to travel or work overtime, however, if those issues are legitimately job-related.
— “Are you married?” Marital status is a protected category under federal and state employment laws.
— “What’s your maiden name?” Because surnames often reveal ethnicity, this question could be perceived as potentially discriminatory. The same is true of the question “Are you an American citizen?” You can ask whether this candidate could provide proof of the right to work in the U.S. instead.