Know Your Rights:
As a student of color, you may have concerns about discrimination that could occur at your workplace. Many companies have diversity statements or non-discrimination policies to protect you as an employee. However, during the interview process you may be unsure of what questions are and aren’t appropriate as it relates to your race and ethnicity. Below are a list of common questions that are against the law for an employer to ask during an interview:
- What is your national origin/citizenship?
- Are you a U.S. citizen?
- Where were you born?
- What is your “native tongue?”
- Are you authorized to work in the United States?
- Do you go to church?
- What is your religious affiliation?
- What religious holidays will you take off from work?
If you encounter discrimination in the workplace and you need additional support, you should schedule a career planning appointment in the Career Connections Center. A career planner can help you navigate and reflect on your experiences, identify allies, and develop an action plan.