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Robertson Company, an office supply firm that markets to religious organizations, engages in the following employment practices. All applicants for warehouse positions must answer questions revealing their attitude toward unions and religion. The Company also requires pre-offer medical examinations of some prospective employees. It requires post-offer, pre-employment medical examinations of some employees. Information generated by the examination process, for each individual hired, is maintained in each applicant's general personnel file.

Evaluate the legality of these practices.

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The solution discusses the ethics of asking questions regarding job applicants attitude towards religion, unions, and pre-offer medical examinations.

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On answering questions regarding attitude towards religion:

Job applicants may never be asked questions about their attitudes on religion. This will open floodgates of information that will reduce the chances of being hired. Forcing the applicants to answer religion questions will put the job applicant in an awkward and uneasy position. This practice violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination by certain ...

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