Posted On: September 29, 2008 by David H. Greenberg

CAN AN INTERVIEWER OR EMPLOYER ASK YOUR AGE?

Many of us are unsure as to whether or not an employer is allowed to ask us our age. The answer is perhaps, but only in limited circumstances. In California, there are very few reasons an employer, or potential employer, is allowed to ask you how old you are. Whether the question is asked during an interview, on a job application form, or after you are hired, your employer must have a legitimate reason for asking you your age. An experienced employment attorney will be able to help you determine if you have a claim against your employer or potential employer for age discrimination.

It may be the case that an employer needs your date of birth to run a background check or credit check. If this is the sole purpose for your employer asking about your age, this is probably a legal reason. However, employers often inquire about an employees or job applicants age simply because they do not want to hire someone of a certain age or older/younger. California and federal law protects persons over the age of 40 from employment discrimination based on age.

An experienced employment attorney will be able to help you determine if you have been the victim of age discrimination. You can visit us at our website www.discriminationattorney.com to learn more. If you are a resident of CA and believe you were inappropriately asked your age by your employer, call the law offices of Law Offices of David H. Greenberg at 1-888-204-1014 today. Your consultation is free! And you will have the chance to speak with one of our knowledgeable employment attorneys to hear how we can help you.