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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications

 

This same application did have a question about race, but it was optional. The birthdate was not optional.

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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications

Before hiring someone I would want to know as much as possible about them. I would think employers would like to hire the best candidate for the position they are filling. 

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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications


@MM13 wrote:

 

This same application did have a question about race, but it was optional. The birthdate was not optional.


@MM13they are counting on you to not know any better.  It's against the law to ask race on employment applications.  It doesn't matter that it's online either.  If you want to be employed by a company who flouts the laws, then I wish you good luck in securing the job.





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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications


@gertrudecloset wrote:

@MM13 wrote:

 

This same application did have a question about race, but it was optional. The birthdate was not optional.


@MM13they are counting on you to not know any better.  It's against the law to ask race on employment applications.  It doesn't matter that it's online either.  If you want to be employed by a company who flouts the laws, then I wish you good luck in securing the job.


Well, they called for an interview. While it would be nice to pick and choose companies for whom I'd like to work, I don't have much of a choice. When you need a job, you have to take what you can get sometimes.

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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications

If you get called for an interview, how about asking the interviewer how old they are?

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@gertrudecloset    that is the way you read it but not me.  This is what companies do.  I am on no  one's side just stating facts.

 

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@gertrudecloset   You absolutely read my comment wrong.  I blame the co and rules they follow and that is how it works.

It sure doesn't read that way @KatCat1 .  It appears that you tried to make a case for reverse discrimination.  The only ones who can discriminate is the employer.  Blaming the lack of available jobs on protected classes because of their minority status is a cop out.  Let the employers do what is right.  Hire based on solely based on best fit for the job.

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@suzyQ3    Let's hope so.

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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications

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@MM13 wrote:

@gertrudecloset wrote:

@MM13 wrote:

 

This same application did have a question about race, but it was optional. The birthdate was not optional.


@MM13they are counting on you to not know any better.  It's against the law to ask race on employment applications.  It doesn't matter that it's online either.  If you want to be employed by a company who flouts the laws, then I wish you good luck in securing the job.


Well, they called for an interview. While it would be nice to pick and choose companies for whom I'd like to work, I don't have much of a choice. When you need a job, you have to take what you can get sometimes.


@MM13on this we agree.  The older you get ~ the harder it gets.  I would accept the job too (but I would report them anonymously).  That's just me though.

 

If you need this job, I hope you get it.  For sure.  You're not responsible for their ignorance of the law.





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Re: Asking Your Age in Job Applications

@Cakers3 -- applying for secretarial jobs in the late 60's - 70's.   Prior to the EEOC, employers/interviewers were allowed to pry into all parts of a woman's life before and after she was hired.   Makes me chuckle a little when someone now complains that someone asked her age.  

 

I don't know what they asked males, but I assume the process was much more respectful.  

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