Yes, job applications can ask applicants for their date of birth or year of graduation from high school or college. But this question could lead to bias on the basis of age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) protects adults aged 40 and over from discrimination, but it does not prevent employers from asking age-related questions.
However, how the employer chooses to use this information may violate the ADEA. The employer must avoid using age-related questions to make employment or employment-related decisions to avoid discrimination.
If you have been a victim of age discrimination in the workplace, we can help. At McOmber McOmber & Luber, we take a proactive approach to each and every legal issue our clients face. Call our Red Bank office at 732-842-6500, our Marlton office at 856-985-9800, or contact us at 888-396-0736 or online for a free consultation.