EEOC Recovers $36K for Applicants Required to Reveal Their Names, Birthdates on Applications

Employers should never ask include in their job applications questions requiring applicants to reveal their names or dates of birth.

A Popeye’s restaurant in Coatesville, Pa., that did that faced age discrimination claims from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filed on behalf of three applicants allegedly denied employment based on that information.

Two applicants were military veterans. All three were over age 40.

According to the EEOC, during interviews of two of the applicants, the restaurant’s general manager asked them how old they were and told them that they were “too old” to work for the restaurant.

The EEOC said that the restaurant has agreed to settle the Age Discrimination in Employment Act lawsuit by paying $36,000, and revising its job application to no longer require applicants to state their age and birth dates.

Here’s the EEOC’s Jan. 21 announcement of the settlement.


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