I recently started a job at a small company, and along with my tax information, they want my birthdate. I didn’t give it and they’ve asked me again. If they truly need it for some obvious official purpose, I don’t want to seem difficult so I’m afraid to ask why they need it. Can anyone tell me a reason why an employer would need my birthdate? I thought it was illegal for employers to ask your age, but what good is that if they can just ask you for your birthdate instead?
I was tempted to lie about my birthyear since I think it’s none of their business, but I don’t know what ramifications that might have.