Age still matters, even though you are not directly asked to reveal it

Here’s something funny with our company’s job application. We are never required to give out our date of birth, for fear of applicants’ filing age discrimination law suit.

Yet there is one field that you must complete, that is, year of high school graduation. You cannot submit the application without completing this field. As far as I can see, the year of high school graduation has absolutely nothing to do with the kind of job that I applied.

It might be a good thing to filter out not-young folks who are competing with the younger ones in this tight job market, especially in IT field. But it is really not fair to those thus excluded.

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