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“What a lovely engagement ring. Are you planning to start a family soon?” an interviewer asks you while making pre-interview small talk. Seems innocent enough. But it’s actually illegal.
Illegal questions get asked for one of three reasons: (1) Lack of knowledge that the question is illegal; (2) A valid, underlying concern that the interviewer is trying to get at but doesn’t know how to frame legally; (3) A knowing attempt to obtain information the employer is not legally entitled to.