Information requested on job application forms and in job interviews must be relevant to an applicant's ability to do a job. In some cases, certain information requested on forms and in interviews could intentionally or inadvertently be used by an employer to discriminate against individual or certain groups of people and restrict or refuse employment. The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating in the area of employment applications and advertisements and in the making of written or oral inquiries of applicants unless it is for a business purpose that is acceptable under the Act.
For more information, see the Commission's information sheets Pre-employment inquiries and A recommended guide for pre-employment inquiries.
Revised: February 5, 2010
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