What to do if I believe I was descriminated against for being single and without children?

UPDATED: Mar 31, 2012

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What to do if I believe I was descriminated against for being single and without children?

I had a recent interview with a car dealership. It was a 3 person interview; I did well with the first 2. The third manager, however, asked me if I was married. He then asked if I was divorced or had any children I was paying for out of marriage. He stated that he asked these questions to see how desperate/determined I was to work hard and long hours. Isn’t that illegal/discriminatory? I did not get the job and I am certain I was discriminated against by him for being single and therefore suppossedly not willing to work as hard as others.

Asked on March 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, it probably is legal to discriminate against you due to you being single and without children. Most forms of discrimination are, in fact, legal--for example, a private Colorado employer could choose to not hire registered Democrats or people from South Carolina if it wanted. Only those forms of discrimination specifically prohibed by law are illegal; however, neither federal nor Colorado law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone because he/she is single or lacks children.

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