A well-designed employment application form gathers relevant
applicant information in a uniform format that allows employers to
easily compare applicants' qualifications. However, in the process
of gathering information, employers must be sure to avoid preemployment
inquiries that violate federal, state, and local fair employment laws.
Federal laws that directly affect the content of application forms
include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title
VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Many
laws, including Title VII, require employers to keep application forms
and other records of the application process for a specified time
period, regardless of whether an applicant is hired.
Summary for [Your State]