Christy Hodge
over 6 months ago
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Illegal or not???

I have heard over and over again that it is illegal to demand that a person give their age when applying for a position, and I would like to know once and for all what the truth is on that subject. If it is illegal to ask someone how old they are (birth date, etc.) then why is it a part of every application and hiring process??? I am 39 years old and have already started experiencing what I believe to be discrimination based on age. Please does anyone know the facts on this subject? Searching online did not give me the answers I needed, but I am sure someone here could help. Please and thank you!!!

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sean holland

It's not illegal but it does open them up for law suits most employers I have worked for we did not ask for age for that exact reason. Hope this helps

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sean holland

It's is not illegal but if does open them up to law suits the employers I have worked for we did not ask age in the interview the DOB on app does have to be there it's about data and stats some that get turned over to the gov if you really think this has happened call the state labor board and file a complaint

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Tina Bauer

Ive been in management my whole life and all they can ask if they are old enough to work for the company's age liold. Example, liquor stores are age 21 to work for that company. Sime convenient stores are 18 or old but they can not well the alcohol from the business. There has to be a worker of the age 21 to scan it for sale. It is illegal to anyone's age unless it's a scenario like that

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Lizz Miller

I just applied for a government position and one of the questions to required to be answered to continue on with submission of my application was " What was your graduation year from high school?" Pretty obvious an applicants general age from the answer submitted as the final requirement is also the expectation of honesty to the federal government that all statements made are true. Along with the new age discrimination law for anyone over the age 40 in severance agreements is a concern.

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Alejandro Iglesias

Go to the United States Department of Labor website. All there and clear. And no, you are too young for that agism. It also depends on what lines, of work you are seeking, etc. A lot of factors. Lastly, the age thing remains, but at a much much lesser rate. We live longer, have multiple restarts and at 39 you are GenX. We’re in the prime so maybe rethink ur approach but get it out of your head or you will think old and act old and suddenly appear old. 39 baby! Just about to kick in the afterburners.

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victoria gillotti

I am a retired nurse. I went back to work at 70 1/2 in a PRN capacity.

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Katasha Madyun

I agree with Laura Patton. I think that it is very unethical to ask that question. Nowadays many employer's applications do not request for certain information (i.e. social security #, date of birth, race, kids, etc.) However; there are ways to determine an applicant's age through the education section of the application. These questions should never be asked within the interview.

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Danita Stolicker

It is supposed to be a protected status. But I too am having to give my age. Now I have been unemployed for a year. I believe that discrimination is happening to me, at 59.

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kathe yeager sier

Try being 67!! Age discrimination does exist

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Elizabeth Hill

I'm facing it now and i'm only 55. I know certain jobs that you have to be a certain age and they can ask if your over, say 25. I drove a school bus and insurance needs you to be over 25.

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