Age Discrimination

Inside the Law: Age Discrimination Year of High School Graduation

June 28, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A strip club’s billboard has disgusted local residents -- and employment lawyers. 

Michigan neighbors of Showgirls strip club were horrified by the billboard telling people they were now hiring new high school grads! Obviously not the residents who are desperate to get their kids gainfully employed and out of their basement. No. Only those who are still hoping for their kids to have a “career.” 

Let’s see how they feel next year this time. 

But the group who should be legitimately dismayed are the employment lawyers. Because what the strip club may not realize is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would likely see that billboard as age discrimination. 

The EEOC believes that it’s evidence of age bias for companies to ask about year of high school graduation, which is directly correlated to the year they turned 18. Companies are allowed to ask high school graduation to verify a diploma as part of a background screen, but not to rule out candidates on the basis of their age. Which means that the strip club might be keeping people employed — not the dancers, the lawyers.