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Article:

Can they ask that? Illegal interview topics.

Topic: Country of Origin

19.6% of readers had been asked about this
7.5%
felt discriminated against on this topic

Topic is:  Illegal

Details: It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a potential employee based upon U.S. citizenship status or a person’s country of origin.

However, it is legal and required to ask all potential employees if they are authorized to work in the United States. Also, this rule only applies to companies with 15 or more employees.