Is it legal for an organization to limit the number of job applications allowed per applicant?

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Is it legal for an organization to limit the number of job applications allowed per applicant?

Can they stop you from applying for a job?

Asked on September 10, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It is perfectly legal, with one exception discussed below an employer is not required to hire anyone, after all--they decide when, how many, why, etc. to hire people and candidates' necessary qualifications--and since it is purely voluntary on their part whether and when to hire, they can define the hiring process, including limiting the number of job applications per applicant or refusing to consider certain people for the job. Remember there is no inherent right to apply  for or get jobs.
The exception the law prohibits discrimination on certain specific grounds--that is, you can't treat people differently in hiring because of these reasons. The main reasons are race, sex, religion, age over 40, or disability. So they can't refuse to consider a person because he or she is, say, black or Jewish but they can refuse to consider an African American or Jew because he or she has applied several times already for jobs, and there is a policy non-race or -religion based limiting applications.

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