A study of companies in Cleveland, conducted by Carl Camden, an assistant professor at Cleveland State University, reported that 73% were using job application forms that contained at least one question that was discriminatory under Ohio state regulations.

Even "standard" job application forms that comply with federal guidelines may not be legal in your state. Are you aware, for example, that asking for the date of an applicant's graduation can be discriminatory?

Play it safe and check with the state Civil Rights Commission or the office of your secretary of state for guidance on proper forms and questions.