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New Connecticut Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Questions about Age on Initial Applications

Effective October 1, 2021: In an effort to deter age discrimination, Connecticut employers with three or more employees are prohibited from inquiring into the age of applicants on initial job applications. Employers, either directly or through a third party, may not ask applicants about:

  • their age,
  • date of birth (DOB),
  • dates of attendance at an educational institution, or
  • dates of graduation from an educational institution.

Under the law, employers may request age information if the request is based on a bona fide occupational qualification or need, or to comply with applicable state or federal laws.

Information regarding a date of birth or other details pertaining to a person’s age is typically collected for a background check, so employers in Connecticut should wait to collect this information until later in the process and not collect this information on initial paperwork. As always we do recommend working with your legal counsel to review your job applications and processes.

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