We hear a lot about "protected groups," but what does this mean? While an exhaustive list of all protected groups is beyond the scope of this article, the most common are discussed, and they generally apply to job applicants and existing employees alike.
Most hiring managers would love to ask revealing (although, unfortunately, illegal) questions when interviewing job candidates. But as we all know, asking improper interview questions can lead to discrimination or wrongful-discharge lawsuits. So how do you get the information you need without putting your company at risk?
Statistics show that 35 percent of adult Internet users have profiles on at least one social networking site, 75 percent of job recruiters use the Internet as part of the screening process and 25 percent have eliminated candidates based on information found. In addition, the information obtained may not be accurate. However, these sites may contain mistakes or exaggerations or may be maliciously planted.
While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all businesses with 15 or more employees, this handbook is intended primarily for businesses with 15 to 100 employees and smaller businesses expecting to expand to have at least 15 employees in the near future. It will provide you with an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the ADA as they relate to employees and job applicants.
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