TRUTH 13 It’s impolite (and discriminatory) to ask about age

Your mother told you that it wasn’t polite to ask people how old they are. Not only was she right, but she was also smartly looking out for your professional future (even if she didn’t know it). Asking questions about age in the interview can get you slapped—not across the cheek, but across the desk…with a very expensive lawsuit. One individual who didn’t get the job based on his age is now suing his prospective employer, Capital University, for $4.6 million.4 That’s a risk you don’t want to take.

And the risk is increasing. In 2005, there were 16,585 cases of age discrimination, and of those, the EEOC resolved 14,076 charges in favor of the plaintiffs and recovered $77.7 million ...

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