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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC

Definition: The federal government agency mandated to monitor compliance with and enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 and other federal civil rights laws

To administer its responsibilities, the EEOC accepts written charges filed against an employer alleging that it has engaged in unlawful employment practice in violation of Title VII or other federal civil rights laws and has the power to bring suits, subpoena witnesses, issue guidelines which have the force of law, render decisions, provide legal assistance to complainants, etc., in regard to fair employment.

To take a closer look at just one of the areas of employment the EEOC monitors, read the following list of topics you're prohibited from discussing with a job applicant, either on the application form or during an interview:

Other questions to avoid:

Basically, you can't ask about anything directly related to the job. When in doubt whether a question or comment is offensive or not, play it safe and zip your lip. In today's lawsuit-happy environment, an offhand remark could cost you plenty.