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DoorDash asks job applicants to state their sexual orientation

According to social media posts, Doordarshan is drawing attention to a policy for potential employees to state their sexual orientation on job applications.

A screenshot of one such job application was posted on the online site Reddit, where it went viral. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 5,700 Reddit users commented on the post.

A Reddit user who goes by the handle u/TheMonsher wrote a post titled “DoorDash is asking for my sexual orientation for job applications”.

The attached screenshot shows a drop-down menu with options for pronouns and sexual orientation.

A DoorDash spokesperson told The Post that the company is “working to ensure that diverse identities and perspectives are valued and represented here.”

The spokesperson said DoorDash began asking applicants to state their sexual orientation and gender in 2020, and to provide a preference.

The Job Applicant Posted A Screenshot On The Web Site Reddit, Where It Went Viral Over The Weekend.
The job applicant posted a screenshot on Reddit, where it went viral over the weekend.

“This data is aggregated and kept confidential,” the spokesperson said.

“While we encourage applicants to share personal demographic data, if they are comfortable with, all applicants have the option of selecting ‘I do not wish to answer’ for all questions,” the spokesperson said.

The applicant, u/TheMonsher, told Newsweek that he initially applied for the position on LinkedIn. When he saw the question about sexual orientation, he became uneasy.

“Everything I put on a job application should be information for an employer to determine whether my background and achievements are in line with their company’s goals,” he told Newsweek.

“I don’t understand how sexual orientation can determine the quality of my work.”

A Doordash Spokesperson Said The Job Application Was In Question To Ensure The Company Becomes More &Quot;Including.&Quot;
A DoorDash spokesperson said the job application was in question to ensure the company becomes more “inclusive.”
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He said he answered the question and submitted his application, although he worries that his answer could adversely affect his chances of getting hired.

“If they want their employees’ sexual orientation data they should do it anonymously after they’re hired,” he said.

“It definitely shouldn’t be in the first 10 questions of a job application.”

The applicant said this was the first time he had seen a question about his sexual preference on a job application.

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