+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    cherry9311 Guest

    Discriminatory Application Questions

    What is the name of your state? Texas

    I have been making application for "staff" employment to a major university in Houston, Texas for almost a year. I am employed by another major university system, but my division has had rumblings of lay-offs for quite some time. I have very specific reasons for wanting to be employed at the other university system and so have concentrated my search with them only. They have a website that posts their openings and application form (if you would like to view it for yourself). The very first time I viewed their application, I thought their questions as to "when graduated from high school/college" was discriminatory. I am in the protected age group and it is easy to discern from this information. They also say they will not consider "incomplete applications". I am surprised that this institution has missed what I think is a discriminatory question. I have only had 2 interviews in all this time (one by phone and 1 in person), although I am very well qualified educationally and with extensive experience. How should I handle bringing this to their attention, if at all?
  2. #2
    hexeliebe Guest
    You should complete the form with truthful information.

    This is not a discriminatory question. Simply put, they are not going to validate your high school / college transcript if they have to look through 100s of years of records.

    And just so you know, colleges REQUIRE a graduation date before they will conduct a search for records.
  3. #3
    Beth3 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    14,991
    I agree 100%. This is not an illegal question. Besides, when you put down the dates of your prior employment experience, do you not think that those dates don't give a good idea of how old you are? Someone who puts "1966 - 1975 ABC Company" is obviously older than 25.

    Answer the questions trutfully and fully if you wish to be considered. You're jumping to conclusions that your age has anything to do with this. It's likely that they've had hundreds of other job applicants for the positions you applied for and that you're up against some pretty tough competition.

    You may want to widen your job search beyond this one institution. Otherwise, it could be a very long time - perhaps never - until you are the candidate of choice.
  4. #4
    HomeGuru is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Catatonic State
    Posts
    81,918
    I like the last pararaph in the post by Beth3. That is darn good free advice.
  5. #5
    cbg
    cbg is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    34,180
    A college graduation date does NOT indicate age. Not everyone goes to college right after high school. They work for a while, spend some time in the armed forces, raise their kids first, go part time for several years instead of full time for four. A good friend of mine just graduated from college five years ago - she celebrated her 60th birthday the week previous. They can tell NOTHING about your age from a college graduation date.
  6. #6
    Beth3 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    14,991
    Do I get a dozen yellow roses again, HG?

Similar Threads

  1. Skirting discriminatory interview questions
    By belldandy112 in forum Job Discrimination and Harassment
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-23-2009, 06:55 PM
  2. Application Questions
    By Patches1234 in forum Life Insurance & Annuities
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-30-2007, 02:57 PM
  3. Job application questions
    By Buttler in forum Hiring, Firing & Wrongful Termination
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-05-2005, 06:27 AM
  4. application questions???
    By matthewsq2xl in forum Hiring, Firing & Wrongful Termination
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-12-2003, 01:50 PM
  5. Discriminatory Questions by Employers
    By CAMRY2964 in forum Hiring, Firing & Wrongful Termination
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-01-2001, 11:31 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

© 1995-2012 Advice Company, All Rights Reserved

FreeAdvice® has been providing millions of consumers with outstanding advice, free, since 1995. While not a substitute for personal advice from a licensed professional, it is available AS IS, subject to our Disclaimer and Terms & Conditions Of Use.