Age discrimination

Subject: Age discrimination
From: Becca Price <RP51 -at- CHRYSLER -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 14:52:46 EDT

*** Reply to note of 05/09/97 13:53

>On the sneaky questions front, the questions that Bob cited are both
illegal. A potential employer is not allowed to ask age-related questions,
nor are they allowed to inquire about marital or dependent status.

OTOH, when I interview, there are some things I feel that morally I
*have* to tell the prospective employer - for one, I have 2 high-
needs children, one of whom is requiring a lot of diagnostic meetings,
school meetings, etc. I can guarantee that I'll average 40 hours per
week over any 2 week period (and if not, I'll discuss it with my boss
to see how we can adjust things out) but I can't guarantee exactly
*what* 40 hours they'll be. I'll do my best to not miss important
meetings, and I will not allow this to affect my ability to make
deadlines, but it is a reality of my life.

I feel that an employer *must* know this as part of making the decision
whether to hire me - because if they can't live with this, we'd both
be very unhappy.

Usually I preface the discussion with "you can't ask this, but I feel that
I must tell you that..."

It must work; at least I'm still finding work to do. OTOH, this is
why I'm contracting rather than being a full time employee somewhere.


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