RE: Illegal interview question

Subject: RE: Illegal interview question
From: Sanjay Srikonda <SSrikonda -at- invlink -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 10:04:31 -0500

Hey, I AM american and I get asked to show proof of ability to work. I
always turn around and ask the interviewer if white candidates are asked for
work eligibility such as I am since I am Indian by birth, yet American by
citizenship. If this is an illegal practice, what is the requirement of
making people fill out a form that states your ability to work in the US and
then a copy of your passport or driver's license?

Just wondering?

-----Original Message-----
From: Jane S. [mailto:judydh -at- total -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 10:03 AM
Subject: Illegal interview question

Hi all,

I'm a Canadian citizen and I've been looking for work in the States. I've
gone to maybe a dozen interviews, and at almost every one of them I've been
asked either if I was Canadian, or if I was not an American citizen, and
what kind of visa I needed. So I've always sportively answered the questions
[original phrase: I've always answered the questions sportively. Which do
you prefer?] The visa isn't an issue, as I explain the TN visa applies to
tech writers and it's a relatively easy one to get. I just found out,
however, that asking for my citizenship or otherwise inquiring into my
unamericanness is illegal. What should I do if this comes up in the future?
What should I have done already?

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