I am a 70-year-old youthful and active woman who applied for seasonal work at the Target store two blocks away from my apartment. Imagine my surprise when filling out their application to be asked if my age was between 18 and 49.
I thought age could not be legally considered in hiring, Target? (Ha ha, guess you 50-year-olds are losers, too!) Target's app also asked an "optional" question (is ANY question on an employment app REALLY optional?) as to when I graduated from school. If you answer it, you have told them how old you are. If you don't answer it, you have told them how old-ish you are.
Why do I get the feeling that my app went directly into Target's "File 13?" I received a warm and fuzzy "thanks, but no thanks" response from their hiring dude. There's no way to actually prove that I was passed over due to my age, but questions that force you to reveal your age without explicitly asking "How old a gal are you?" are just a sneaky way to do it. Are the questions legal? Guess so, because I'm sure Target has a huge legal team that helps them stay barely on the legal side of that razor sharp line.
Unethical and ageist?
Oh yes. For a minute I wondered if they knew they were telling a three times per week, loyal customer and potentially loyal employee to sod off, but, I think I have found the better answer- the 18-49ers will continue buying their stuff long after I gone to that other big box store in the sky.