What is the best way to avoid prejudicial language in job documentation?

Author: Linda Segall, Segall Enterprises

Use gender-neutral language. For example, instead of stating, "waitress wanted," state "wait staff wanted." Any language that refers either directly or indirectly to gender, age, race or disability should be avoided.

For instance, employers should steer clear of terms such as "recent college graduate," or "young office group." The EEOC scrutinizes job ads that include suggestive words and phrases that could be seen as discouraging older job candidates from applying.