Ask HR: Can a Car be a Job Requirement?

askHRDear HR:

My employee is consistently late and missing work because their ex-spouse took the car. So now I need to hire another person. May I require that applicants must have a car to apply for this job?


HR Answer:

You may require a car depending on the position, but ONLY if the requirement is job related.

For example, if you have a job opening that requires traveling in a car throughout the workday—like a pizza delivery position, or a property maintenance position with multiple work sites—then “yes.” Keep in mind that a computer technician or payroll specialist does not need a car to do their job unless she must travel from client to client.

If you have questions about these or other employment issues, please feel free to contact us.