Legality of Requiring a College Degree for a Clerical Position
The lead person in our company only wants us to hire college graduates for any office position. His thinking is that, with the economy the way it is, we can get overqualified people. In addition, he likes to hire people that could eventually be promoted. We recently posted a job opening answering phones and taking orders at our front desk. The job description stated that a college degree was required. Someone who works for another company in HR says this could lead to problems. He suggested we state that a college degree is preferred. I cannot find any laws or written opinions on why it would be discriminatory to require a degree for a position that isn't the type of job that necessitates a college degree. Any advice?