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Unlawful Inquiries: Relatives, Organizations, Credit Rating, References

Reference Number: MTAS-1562
Reviewed Date: 03/01/2023

Employers may not make the following type inquiries:


  • Name or address of any relative of adult applicant.
  • Questions concerning spouse, or spouse's employment, salary, child care arrangement, or dependents.

Notice in Case of Emergency

  • Name and address of relatives to be notified in case of accident or emergency.


  • “List all the organizations, clubs, societies and lodges to which you belong.”
  • The names of organizations to which the applicant belongs if such information would indicate, through character or name, the race, religion, color or ancestry of the members.

Credit Rating

  • Any questions concerning credit rating, charge accounts, etc.


  • Require the submission of a religious reference.
  • Request reference from applicant’s pastor.