The EEOC is cranking up the scrutiny of employers that use job ads to seek—sometimes not so subtly—younger employees. The number of charges filed by employees and applicants with the EEOC alleging discriminatory advertising more than doubled in the past two years. The vast majority of claims filed with the EEOC last year alleged that the ads discriminated against older applicants.
Example: Facebook recently settled a lawsuit over an ad that said, “Class of 2007 or 2008 preferred.” The EEOC specifically says ads seeking “recent college graduates” violate the law.
Advice: Avoid age reference in all ads. Keep requests for age or graduation years off your application, unless it’s a bona fide requirement for the job.