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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Preying On The Job Seeker 12

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How do big multinational companies get away with asking for your social secuity number, drivers license number, and/or AGE on their ONLINE APPLICATIONS?

I just applied for a job at AT&T and I had to put in my social security number to get to the next screen, then had to answer the question ”Are you under Age 40” to get past the next screen and complete the online form.

This info was given to two third party websites you can see in THIS SCREEN SHOT image - TALEO DOT NET and EY DOT COM.

Taleo is not new to job hunters. They’re the third party site I’ve been redirected to a lot of times to fill out online job applications.  Just about everything is done by third parties these days, and full disclosure isn’t always there.

According to THE EEOC, to ask certain things on a job app may be illegal:

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Do you think not being able to submit a jop application without answering the “are you under 40” question with a “yes” or “no” is crossing a line?

According to the ADEA web site it may be:

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states do have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.

An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of age, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on applicants or employees age 40 or older and is NOT BASED ON A REASONABLE FACTOR OTHER THAN AGE (RFOA).

What do you think?  Is this RFOA business a pass making it ok to ask how old you are?

Whether it is or not, proving discrimination is expensive and next to impossible.

How does someone protect his personally identifiable information, or think age bias isn’t a big deal?

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