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This exact situation actually happened to me right down to the same ages a couple of years ago. I got a job at the Post Office, but because I would have been handling so much cash and would actually have access to the safe, my superior said I had to be 21. She hadn't specified this to the area manager who hired me, just assumed she knew, so the manager hadn't thought to ask. The whole thing was just down to shitty communication between different level managers.
Some states have laws that you can't ask age on applications or in interviews for fairness and possible discrimination issues. However for a job with a requirement, it should be listed in the job description / requirements (like where they say you need x amount of experience, x degree, etc)
39- but if they have a minimum age requirement to work there then they would have to ask young looking applicants if they are at least that age. Hiring a teenager without even asking and then firing them on the first day because they're not old enough to work there is stupid and completely unprofessional, as well as a waste of everyone's time and money. Not to mention incredibly rude to the applicant to get their hopes up and then screw them over.
"it is just as illegal in the USA to ask a person's age on the application or in an interview" Is this a new thing? Because I have never once gotten a job without being asked if was over sixteen, what my birth date was and having to hand over a copy of my ID which has my Birth date on it. I can't think of any job I've ever had wearing going in my boss did not know how old I was especially since different states have different laws regarding what age you can't start working and how much they have to pay you when you are a minor. Plus the fact that there are many, many jobs that require you to be 21 or over and a lot of those won't even let you apply without carding you first.
They can ask you if you are above a certain age, but not specifically how old you are. The id they use (this isn't something that needs to be done where I am) should only be used by HR to verify who you are for tax purposes. The only thing the boss needs to know is that you are of legal age to work there.
But how did you get the job without them checking your date of birth?
what kind of company does that? You're officially an adult, it doesn't even sound legal to get fired for something like this.
To clear this up, due to age discrimination, you cannot ask a potential employee their age in an interview. You can however ask, "are you at least 21?" To see if they meet the job requirements.
Agreed. If their is an age requirement, then a company can legally ask your age. Most police departments have a cut off at 34 or so, and you must be 21. They ask your age all the time. On top of that, you must provide a state issued ID and SS card or passport to fill out your W-2 paperwork. It wouldn't be that hard to figure it out.
Did you not write down your date of birth anywhere on your application?