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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

B. Incorrect

Federal law protects applicants, as well as employees and former employees, from discrimination. The law applies to employment agencies, as well as to private companies, federal government agencies, state and local government agencies, schools and colleges, non-profit organizations, and unions.

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4. Andrew and Samantha went to an employment agency to find temporary jobs for the summer. The agency refers Samantha to work as a front desk receptionist at a law firm. The agency tells Andrew that it cannot refer him for the receptionist position because the company requested a young lady. Did the employment agency discriminate against Andrew?

  1. No. Federal law only protects women from being treated unfairly because of their gender.
  2. No. Andrew is not protected from discrimination because he is an applicant, not an employee. Plus, the laws only apply to employers and not temporary agencies that refer you to other companies.
  3. No. Even if the employment agency did discriminate against Andrew because he is a male, the agency did so because the law firm refused to hire men as front desk receptionists. The law firm, and not the agency, is responsible for the discrimination.
  4. Yes. A temporary agency cannot refuse to refer someone for a receptionist position because he is a male.