Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Labor Department requiring government contractors to ask intrusive questions for statistical purposes; some companies do it for all jobs
A male college student informed television station WJLA (Washington) that Staples was asking a number of “personal” questions about disability on job applications. It turns out that Staples says that since it is a government contractor (sometimes), it has to follow new Labor Department rules that require collecting statistics on disability and other protected classes from all contractors. But it seems that the company was inquiring on this information even for non government-related jobs. WJLA has the story here. The collection of such data is said to conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The issue was reported late Tuesday night in the evening news broadcast.