Questions about felony in interview
I'm preparing some training material for our managers involving interview question do's and don'ts. In researching this, a senario was posed in another forum about questions you can ask during an interview, if the applicant has indicated on the application that he has had a felony conviction. The answer came back that felonies of any kind do not have a protected status, and therefore you can ask anything you want during the interview.
As this struck me as such a blanket statement, I went looking for something to document this; I've checked on the US DOL site, EEOC, Washington L&I, among others, and I can't find anything specific to this.
Is this a federal thing, or state-specific? I am in Washington state, and registered sex offender information is a matter of public record, so a conviction of that nature (even if not a felony conviction) is "fair game" so to speak. What about other felony convictions?
I'd sure feel better if I could find something in black and white.
Thanks for any and all responses;
Treading Lightly in Washington