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Interview

An interviewer isn't allowed to ask questions relating to these characteristics. Interview questions that aren't allowed include:
  • Are you married? Are you planning to get married?
  • Do you have children? Are you planning to have children?
  • Where were you born?
  • What's your sexual orientation?
  • Have you ever been arrested?
An interviewer can, however, ask about a personal characteristic if it could hinder your ability to fulfill the job's requirements. Some examples might be:
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  • Can you prove that you are eligible to work in the US?
  • Can you do this job with, or without, reasonable accommodations?

Polygraph

Under Maryland law, an employer may not require or demand, as a condition of employment, prospective employment, or continued employment, that an individual submit to or take a lie detector or similar test.  An employer who violates this law is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding $100.

Nathaniel David Johnson handles employment law matters for clients located across Washington, D.C. and southern Maryland, including the communities of Waldorf, La Plata, Prince Georges County, Charles County, St. Mary's County, Calvert County, Fort Washington, Upper Marlboro, Laurel, Bowie, Hyattsville, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, and Baltimore.

Practice areas include employment discrimination, wage and hour law, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, unemployment appeals, MSPB and EEOC.