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Old 27.01.2011, 22:07
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Is this legal.... [excluding job applicants based on age/family status]

So my boss is in the office with our group (3 of us total). He is currently interviewing and continually refuses to interview people because they are too young or too old or married or have a girlfriend or have kids. He even told a headhunter that a candidate was too young (think they were 28) and he didn't want to change diapers, he already had kids and didn't even do that then... That was all more or less regardless of their qualifications.

Can he legally do this? He's a real gem.
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Re: Is this legal....

Perhaps it is one of this cases where it is only illegal if you can prove specifically that he discriminate because of gender or origine. But one would have to look the exact wording of the discrimination law, as not every minority and/or cases are listed up.

He seems to be one of these people who inconsciously are only looking for a second themselves for the job, as they can't really imagine or accept that anybody else would be able to be as good as they think they are. Anybody else than themselves is just second choice in a way. Just a theory.
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Old 27.01.2011, 22:24
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Re: Is this legal....

So how did you get the job? He can discriminate any way he likes in Switzerland.
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Re: Is this legal....

Wow, back home I couldn't even ask about marital status, kids, religion etc at all but here it seems all ok? Wonder what the legal status is on discrimination...
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Old 27.01.2011, 23:21
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Re: Is this legal....

Guess he was having an off day when I interviewed. But being white, single and mobile (we do lots of travel) probably took the edge off.

Or I just got lucky
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Here you can descrimintate indescriminately.
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I am not sure if it is legal, but it avoids wasting everyone time.

.. Having to find and pay for a babysitter to go to a job interview, where the guy (and i do mean guy) tells me after an hour, that i am "overqualified" ...?
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So my boss is in the office with our group (3 of us total). He is currently interviewing and continually refuses to interview people because they are too young or too old or married or have a girlfriend or have kids. He even told a headhunter that a candidate was too young (think they were 28) and he didn't want to change diapers, he already had kids and didn't even do that then... That was all more or less regardless of their qualifications.

Can he legally do this? He's a real gem.
Sounds like he's a great guy to work for, hopefully his karma will hit soon enough

I hate people like this and usually make it a personal vendetta to ruin their little empires.
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Re: Is this legal....

Nothing illegal about it. Age is often required on a CV and many job adverts specify min. or max. age. Some also like to infer other factors from the candidate as well, such as children, sexual orientation, etc. and use this to filter the candidates. A former boss once cut a very qualified young woman off the interview list--reason, because she found out she was engaged to be married to a Nicaraguan.

Aside perhaps from your bosses' mannerisms, seems like a typcial recruitment process here.
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Old 28.01.2011, 11:25
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Re: Is this legal....

You can have a look at the Federal Act of 24 March 1995 on Gender Equality (in English)
and the website: http://www.gleichstellungsgesetz.ch

Note that "age discrimination" does not fall under the Gender Equality Act.

Also, you say that you travel a lot in your job. If that is the case, your boss might have founded reasons not to employ someone with small kids. Since you are less flexible to travel.
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