Weekly HR News – Discrimination
Avoiding Discrimination in Advertising
There is no legal requirement that a city advertise a job opening; however, there are many reasons why doing so can be a good idea. Some of the advantages include:
If the city chooses to advertise a job opening they must be certain that they avoid discrimination within the advertisement. Under Title VII as well as KRS 344, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or because a person is a smoker or nonsmoker. Also keep in mind, that if your city has enacted a fairness ordinance, you may have additional protected classes that you need to be aware of in regards to the employment process.
Examples of common illegal postings include:
In addition, all job advertisements should include an EEOC statement such as “The City of ________________ is an Equal Opportunity Employer”, as well as an ADA statement that states, “Any applicant who needs an ADA accommodation in the employment selection process shall request the accommodation from the ___________.”
For questions on this or other personnel matters, contact Andrea Shindlebower with the KLC Legal Department.