Winter 2013

Guide Outlines Off-Limits Topics for Pre-Employment Inquiries

Washington State and Federal laws prevent employers, including Western, from seeking information regarding certain aspects of job applicants’ identities.  This includes prohibiting inquiries about legally protected characteristics such as marital status, race, disability and sexual orientation.

If you serve on a search committee, are a hiring authority, or are otherwise involved in the process of hiring staff or faculty at Western, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide, which was recently updated by the Equal Opportunity Office and Human Resources.  The Guide reviews the types of questions that may and may not be asked about job applicants, including during telephone interviews, reference checks and campus visits.  Search committee chairs are encouraged to share this Guide with search committee members and others in the Western community who may be involved in a particular search, and to visit the Recruitment section of the EO Office website.

Page Updated 03.08.2013