Spousal Interviews of Applicants for Employment: A Legal and Ethical Dilemma

Waldron, Gary
April 2012
Journal of Leadership, Accountability & Ethics;Apr2012, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p119
Academic Journal
This article analyzes the legal and ethical issues of an employer asking a job applicant to provide his/her spouse for an interview, presumably to inquire whether the spouse is aware of the applicant's job duties/requirements. These interviews are permitted under many state laws, while forbidden for most federal employment interviews. Aside from the legality of the interview, the associated ethical philosophies that may impact the decision to interview an applicant's spouse are discussed. The practical implications of interviewing the applicant's spouse are the most important consideration in determining the wisdom of the spousal interview.


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