Can they ask that? Illegal interview topics.

Topic: Military Service

31.3% of readers had been asked about this
felt discriminated against on this topic

Topic is:  Borderline

Details: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of current or past military service.  An employer can ask you about military experience as an example of former employment, but should not ask how you were discharged or if your current military service will interfere with your ability to do your job.

However, if you are applying for a job with the federal government, you may be asked about your military service because the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Acts (VEOA) of 1998 and 1944 entitle veterans to receive preference when applying for federal jobs.