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Neither state nor federal law expressly prohibits an employer from asking an employee or potential employee for race, marital status, gender, or other classifications. But they do forbid an employer from using those classifications to discriminate, or from simply appearing to do so.
That provision makes it easy for rejected applicants to sue if they have been asked these questions, and most employers expressly avoid the questions.
Justine Lisser, an EEOC senior attorney and adviser, said the commission advises companies to avoid asking questions unrelated to a candidate’s qualifications, if at all possible.
“It’s not technically illegal, but…we will look at questions that really don’t seem to go to employment, or to job knowledge,” she said. “We will look upon that as potential evidence of discrimination, if someone were to ever file a charge of discrimination with us.”
It's all so silly. People are silly. Words are silly. Everyone is so queer.
Queer actually can encompass gender, sexuality, and biology. It's general which really means any of that and all of the above. For instance, intersex studies fall under queer studies even though it's a biology subject. It's also a gender identity subject as well because people who are intersex don't fit the binary expectations of either the homosexual or heterosexual communities.
reply to post by OrphanApology
Thanks for your input it did shed light however...
From a biological standpoint humans come in three genders, male, female and hermaphrodites.
Those are genders biologically speaking of course...
All other labels refer to persons sexual orientation straight gay etc.
they didn't ask for orientation they asked for gender and in this instance they were wrong to add more than the three choices I listed above...
True Gender can and is an important issue in many work environments and job placements... Ones sexual orientation is not and an employer has no business asking that question.
And that is not just my opinion but federal labor law!
As for my 'Opinion' words are funny things... one word can mean many things to many diverse people... Myself, I find the use of the word "Queer" to be debasing, every bit as the "C' word as hinted at here in this thread, is to women.
Again I reiterate... A place that promotes higher education should have been less PC and found a better term to use...surely somewhere in their school there has to be a thesaurus lying around, right?