FW: Illegal interview question

Subject: FW: Illegal interview question
From: "Conlon, Penelope" <pconlon -at- positron911 -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 10:51:34 -0500

> I have to say Jane, that I agree with Phila on this one. I really don't
> believe that it's illegal - a company has a right to know whether it's
> legal for them to be employing someone or not. And it's very important
> that they understand whether you're legally allowed to work in the States,
> regardles of whether it may or may not be easy for you to get a visa to
> work there. I'm pretty sure that every country in the world will have laws
> which protects the rights of their citizens' employment first and foremost
> before considering bringing in foreign nationals to do the work. It's only
> illegal for them to ask you about your origins if you ARE a US citizen and
> they intend to discriminate against you because of your race, creed,
> religion, whatever.
> . : . : . : . : . : . : .
> Penelope Conlon
> Technical Communications
> Positron Public Safety Systems
> 5101 Buchan Street
> Montréal QC, H4P 2R9
> (514) 345 2200 ext. 2514
> pconlon -at- positron911 -dot- com
> Jane, I've never *not* been asked for proof of ability to work,
> citizenship,
> etc. Employers have consistently requested to view my Social Security
> Card,
> birth certificate and/or passport, and driver's license. I'm a
> third-generation American citizen, caucasian, without any conceivable sign
> of non-American nationality (accent, etc.). Are you sure it's illegal?
> Thanks,
> Phila

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