Be careful not to ask discriminatory questions or make any discriminatory comments during an interview

An article in the Guardian (13.7.2014) reported that the Home Office has suspended a passport official pending a disciplinary investigation for asking intrusive questions to a gay father with two children adopted by his husband and himself. During the interview she asked him what his sexual history was and made comments such as 'what do you think people make of you when you walk down the street with your kids' and 'so you're the housewife'. The passport official in question assumed that she would be allowed to ask any questions she liked but Employers must be very careful when interviewing to avoid claims of harassment or discrimination regardless of which forum they may be in.

Outlined are some example questions that cannot be asked during an interview without being discriminatory along with alternatives for Employers which will help them achieve the answers they require.

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