“It's the way that you say it.” So an old song reminds us.
This short article reminds us that there are wrong ways for employers to ask questions in job interviews. Smaller businesses, which often do not have professional HR staff or the time or budget to invest in HR training, are particularly susceptible to the legal trouble that can result from a poorly conducted interview.
But remember: “it's the way that you say it.” There often are ways to get the information that you need without stumbling over the forbidden questions, simply by asking in a different way. The article contains some common examples.
And as with most things in life, if you're not sure how to get the information that you need, get some competent advice before you start the interview process.