Naturally, someone who is considering you for a job will want to get to know you a bit. They might ask about your school, family or interests. However, employers should not ask questions that could be used to discriminate against you based on your personal characteristics. This is unlawful discrimination.

Examples of questions that might be used to discriminate include:

  • What nationality are you?
  • Does anyone in your family have a disability?
  • Are you single?
  • What contraception are you using?
  • You’re not gay, are you?
  • Do you have to wear that headscarf?

Employers can ask relevant questions, such as:

  • Is there any medical reason why you would not be able to do this job?
  • Do you have a criminal record?
  • Are you legally entitled to work in Australia?

If you think you have been discriminated against as a result of questions asked at an interview, contact us for advice.