Asking job candidates about their protected characteristics in interviews is an obvious off-limits hiring practice. But for employers looking to increase the diversity of their candidate pools, the line between steps that are innocuous and those that could put them at risk of discrimination allegations isn’t always so clear.
Diversity in hiring is top of mind for law firms, with the Mansfield Rule, which pushes for diversity in candidate pools for hiring and promotions, having just wrapped up its pilot year. But lessons for entities wanting to increase their diversity through official policies and practices have universal applicability.
On Wednesday, California’s Assembly passed Senate Bill 826, which would require publicly held companies to put at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. By 2021, the requirement would increase to two women for boards with five members and three women for boards comprising six or more members.