Check Your Forms

In a lawsuit recently settled by the EEOC, the employer was alleged to have included a text box on an internal form that sought age-based information for certain applicants and allegedly resulted in the exclusion of qualified applicants over the age of 50 for territory manager positions. The EEOC does not specify what was in the text box other than “an age-based hiring consideration.”  Nevertheless, the settlement is a reminder to employers to periodically review applications and other internal forms to make sure job criteria or other data collected does not result in screening out protected classes of applicants or employees.



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