I just got asked my age on an application with Geico! WOW!!
So am I, but it hardly helps when you're looking for work, Christine
Asking for your age is illegal in all
States because it’s a matter of federal law which supersedes a state law in this case. A state can write any rule that they want to but if it is a violation of federal law then the rule is worth only the paper it’s written on in this scenario. What shocks me about this is that Geico is no small operation. They would have a monster HR division and that VP or division head would know this if they knew how to do their job. This is why prospective employers are not allowed to ask applicants for any form of ID until after they are hired and are completing the I9 form to verify your work status. This practice is completely illegal and any company knows this even a small mom and pop company knows this. If you are so inclined to follow up on this you should contact the labor board in your state . Particularly if you are in a protected age class this is plain discrimination and could never be construed as anything else. This is against the law and one day the wrong person is going to apply with Geico and it’s going to be someone who is not offered the job and in a protected age category or a protected minority category including women and they are going to be in a very favorable position to bring on a monster lawsuit against this company. It will very likely be turned into a class action suit because you are not the only one who has been asked when applying to reveal your age. This is bad for Geico and I can’t believe whatever moron is running their HR division for that size of a company is still there and that they have not already been massively sued to begin with at least from what I have ever heard . Ageism is a thing I know however if they are so inclined to have to know what someone’s age is a perfectly legal question to ask an applicant on an application is what year they graduated from high school and did you get a diploma. People do not always graduate from college when they are 22 so there is a wide variation of age that would apply to that question but a high school graduation date is pretty specific in most cases. If the company is such a crap company like apparently Geico is to work for they can pretty much determine your present age by looking at your high school graduation year and that’s just simple math. Who wants to work for a place like that anyway but that’s not the point. Geico is breaking a huge law by even having this on an application. One would think they were more educated in that area than to even have that on an application or consider an applicant for an interview let alone an employee. This is not 1945. That stuff is highly illegal and companies just are forbidden in doing anything remotely like this unless they particularly are looking for a lawsuit and I am fairly certain in saying that no company wants the federal government in their organization with a microscope. Those types of audits are such that the auditor will not leave until they find enough in fines to justify not only their job for the next several years but that of several others salaries. A complaint like that will trigger audits from everything starting with the application process down to a microscope of your financial records. They don’t just come in and audit one complaint they will open absolutely everything up and audit everything right down to the color of the CEOs underwear and no one ever wants to have to be part of something like that.
Although most potential employers don’t blatantly ask your age, having to give graduation dates gives them a fairly accurate idea of your age.
THEY KNOW IT IS ILLEGAL TO ASK YOUR AGE SO THEY ASK WHAT YEAR DID YOU GRADUATE AND SIMPLETON CAN FIGURE YOUR AGE BY YOUR GRADUATION DATE COME ON CAN THEY BE LESS OBVIOUS
Your drivers license number has the year of your birth in it.
Not in Nevada
Usually a European company will ask age. I recently applied to a UK company that asked my specific religion!
Working for a Dutch company, one of their consultants advised that it was time to retire (and I was only 40!) Dutch companies are especially bad, they are walking lawsuits. One US colleague related that they advised her to go home and raise children. Disgusting.
It may technically be illegal in this country, but ageism exists. I got asked my age on a Dollar Store application. I refused to give it, which was one of the choices, but it did not really matter. because my relevant experience as assistant manager was long ago enough that they knew that I was not the "young buck" that they wanted.
Like it or not, illegal or not.....Age discrimination thrives...and it sucks
Yes it does! I have observed, however, more "older folk" being in a variety of part time or full time positions and I have a strong belief it's because they will show up, do their job, be respectful to management and customers, etc. Just a "vibe" that seems to be about - so there's that. Another bummer is people being turned down for positions when they are totally qualified for as they are "two expensive" to hire. Yeesh! :-/