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A question decried as inappropriate to a football prospect during a scouting event for the National Football League about whether he “likes men” is one example of a situation that wouldn’t fly in a typical job interview.

But the NFL is not considered a traditional employer, subject to labor laws and workplace rules.

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, says he strives to make sure players are treated like employees—from health and safety and protection from discrimination to free speech. The NFL said it was investigating the prospect’s interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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