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HR: What are Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQs)?

What are Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQs)? How can you find them? How do you describe a job after analyzing what that job is supposed to do? All of us 'smart people' think we can just figure it out when we need to, but then we realize that, even though we are really smart, there's just not enough time in the day to do everything that we should do.

Check out and see if you can determine the job description for your current or past job. Did the description match what you were expected to do? What else is O*NET good for (I always enjoy the 'Skills Search' in O*Net Online)?

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* What are Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQs)?

BFOQ represents anti-discrimination laws since one's ability to do a job should be the utmost factor in employment.

More specifically, government sites reference, "Under the law against discrimination, there is an exception to the rule that an employer, employment agency, labor union, or other person may not discriminate on the basis of protected status; that is if a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) applies. The commission believes that the BFOQ exception should be applied narrowly to jobs for which a particular quality of protected status will be essential to or will contribute to the accomplishment of the purposes of the job. The following examples illustrate how the commission applies BFOQs:

(1) Where it is necessary for the purpose of ...

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The Bona Fide Occupational Qualifactions are examined for Human Resources.