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Asking job applicant’s personal information now illegal

July 16, 2019 - 16:00 By Kim Arin
From Wednesday, prospective employers cannot ask job seekers for information unrelated to the positions they are being hired for.

The Employment Ministry said Tuesday that a revised hiring law prohibits employers from collecting information irrelevant to job performance and engaging in behavior that may hurt fairness in employment practices.


Asking about a job applicant’s weight, height, place of birth, marital status and assets is subject to a fine of up to 5 million won ($4,200) under the new law, unless it is relevant to the job. Personal information about the applicant’s family members, such as their level of education and occupation is also off-limits.

The revised law also imposes a fine of up to 30 million won for those who solicit or coerce hiring, or exchange money, gifts or services in the hiring process.

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