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Connecticut Pre-Employment Inquiries (Interviewing): What you need to know

The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act does not specifically mention preemployment inquiries but does prohibit employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, present or past history of mental disability, mental retardation, learning disability, or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness, unless a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) applies (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-51 et seq.). The law covers all public employers and private employers with three or more employees.
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Retaliation prohibited. Employers are prohibited from discharging, expelling, or otherwise discriminating against any person who has opposed an unlawful discriminatory practice, filed a complaint, or testified or assisted in any proceeding under the law (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60).
Smokers' rights. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against any applicant or employee who smokes or uses tobacco products outside the workplace (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-40s).
Genetic information. The Act specifically prohibits employers from:
• Requesting or requiring genetic information from an applicant for employment; or
• Discriminating against any person on the basis of genetic information.
Under the Act, "genetic information" means the information about genes, gene products, or inherited characteristics that may derive from an individual or a family member (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60(11)).
An employer may make an employment inquiry about one of the protected characteristics if it is reasonably necessary to the normal ...

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