What can I do about not getting a job due to my marital and parental status?

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What can I do about not getting a job due to my marital and parental status?

My employer owner of company called me in to an interview for a potential promotion. After explaining that the position can often require longer days and odd work hours, he asked if I was married and if I was planning to start a family. This is obviously an illegal question but I answered anyhow so as not to sound combative. I did not receive the position. Is there any action that can or should be taken?

Asked on October 8, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, neither federal law or your state's law actually provides protection against emploment discrimination based on marital status or plans to have children, so as unfair as this, you do not have legal recourse they could refuse to give you the job on this basis.


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