Chapter 7: Interviews

7.10 Unlawful Questions

The Law in Ontario prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of: age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance (in housing only), record of offences (in employment only), sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), and sexual orientation. The Ontario Human Rights Commission protects job seekers against unlawful questions. For more information, check out: Ontario Humans Right Commission

Employers’ questions must be related to the job for which you are applying. However, use your discretion when answering, as questions could be asked unintentionally.

Here is how you might respond if asked an inappropriate question:

  • Ask the interviewer to clarify the meaning of the question.
  • Ask the interviewer in what circumstances does the question apply to the job.
  • Politely decline to answer.


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