Q. Our job application doesn’t ask for the applicant’s age or date of birth. However, we plan to start conducting
A. As you know, it would be illegal to consider an applicant’s age in deciding whether to hire him or her. While it is not illegal per se to ask an applicant’s age, if the decision-makers have knowledge of an applicant’s birth date, there is a risk that an applicant who is not hired could claim the decision was based on age discrimination.
A better solution would be to request the applicant’s birth date on a separate page of the application that is seen only by the company conducting the background check, not the decision-makers.
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