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Hiring Practices--Refusal to allow to check work experience

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I work for a non-profit corporation in Minnesota with a very small staff. We are currently hiring for two positions. One of the applications we received has impeccable work experience according to her application and resume, and seems to be perfect for the job, but she will not allow us to contact her prior employers. She gives reasoning that none of the supervisors are at those places of employment to contact anymore. Since we check everyone elses references, can we deny her an interview on the basis of this? Our Board of Directors are leery about legal implications this would have if she decides she wants to take legal action. Also, is overqualification really still a legal reason for not hiring someone?



Tell her you won't interview her if you can't check her references. That puts the ball in her court. You can deny her an interview for lack of references.

This is not legal advice and you are not my client. Double check everything with your own attorney and your state's laws.

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