RE: Hobbies on a résumé (one blow to the dead horse)

Subject: RE: Hobbies on a résumé (one blow to the dead horse)
From: "Domaschuk, Rob" <Robd -at- datalogics -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 13:26:35 -0500

Curtis wrote:

> No, actually making that assumption would be no more legal (or
> ethical, in my opinion).

I know of some hiring mgrs that "round-file" it as soon as they see a
reference to gender, race, religion, vital statistics, pre-disposition to
blowing up rodents, marital status, etc. Their reasoning, which (IMHO)
sounds goo don the surface is that as long as they do that consistently,
then no one can come back and accuse them of giving someone a job, or
denying someone a job, based on providing that info.

For example, if I considered the resume of a person whose resume stated that
he's a single father with one leg but I offered the position to someone else
(based entirely on previous experience, skill sets, portfolio, references,
education, and so forth), I could be in danger of being sued because
________ (fill in the blank). I could easily defend myself in a court
showing a comparison chart of the candidates, a file (that is date-stamped
prior to receiving that person's resume) showing how I will weigh the
different requirements, etc, but I still have to defend myself in court
first.

Like I said, the option of throwing out a resume as soon as that type of
info appears sounds logical, even though you may miss out on a really good
employee.

BUT... something is nagging me about this and I can't figure out what
bothers me about it. Insights anyone?

Rob Domaschuk
Technical Writer, Datalogics inc.
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