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Are potential employers allowed to ask about government assistance?

I just filled out a job application and there were several questions like "Do you/have you received WIC/TANF/food stamps?" I didn't think employers were allowed to ask that. I know they cant ask about marrital status and children so why is government assistance different? I'm not on GA so I guess it doesnt really matter I just thought it was strange.

 
Chandra034

Asked by Chandra034 at 1:41 PM on Apr. 20, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • Yes its completly legal. Above is correct, its a new form. Companies will recieve a tax credit for hiring someone who has had assistance or been involved with Hurraican tragedys
    Yebbers

    Answer by Yebbers at 2:42 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Sometimes they get a tax break if they hire someone who is on assistance.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • I don't see why they couldn't ask. If you don't like the question apply elsewhere.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • /they get a tax break if they hire someone off of welfare.
    BingsMommy

    Answer by BingsMommy at 3:05 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Anon 1:40: Like i said it doesnt apply to me. I just thought it was unusual, I had never seen that before.

    Thanks to all of you who answered nicely. =)
    Chandra034

    Answer by Chandra034 at 7:34 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

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