Everyday Sexism project highlights ‘downright illegal’ interview questions

24 Jan 2017 By Cathryn Newbery

Social media users share their tales of sexist workplaces

Twitter users have been sharing their stories of sexist, discriminatory and “downright illegal” job interview questions with the Everyday Sexism project.

Followers of @everydaysexism have been using the hashtag #everydaysexism to highlight run-ins with sexist and inappropriate job interviewers, who have questioned applicants on everything from their marital plans, childcare arrangements, and choice of underwear.

The June 2016 issue of People Management featured a major article asking why casual sexism persists in the workplace, despite legal intervention and the vast majority of employers introducing policies aiming to prevent sexual harassment at work. HR professionals shared their own stories of sexism at work, too, including comments such as: "When men leave work to deal with caring situations, there are comments along the lines of ‘can’t your wife sort that out?’"

Read some of the stories shared with the Everyday Sexism project below.

@modestroad @EverydaySexism male interviewer: "what will you do if ur daughter gets, say, a sore throat".
Me: what do you do when urs does? — miss tortitude (@misstortitude) January 23, 2017

...and where is your child NOW? (After mentioning I was a single mum followed by questions about my childcare arrangements) @EverydaySexism — Merle-F. Benisek (@merlefriederike) January 23, 2017

@EverydaySexism do you plan on getting pregnant in the next few months? (I was 15 at the time) — Jord (@jordencrawford) January 23, 2017

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