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I have been offered a Contract position in the UK.The position

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I have been offered a Contract position in the UK.The position is through a third party, but I have been asked to divulge my age. For this purpose, I am assuming that I am the first party, the company that pays me are the the third party, and the client is the second party. The second party have asked me to complete paperwork that includes divulging my age and any disabilities. Is this legal?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Do you have any concerns about divulging such information?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Obviously, or I wouldn’t have asked the question. What I’m asking is whether this is legal!

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
It is not actually illegal to ask such questions, what would be illegal is to rely on the answers to such questions to discriminate against a potential employee. So technically the employer could ask you to divulge your age or if you have a disability and that act in itself would not be unlawful. However, if they then failed to offer you the job based on your age or the fact you have a disability, then that would be discriminatory and likely unlawful. So it really matters what they do with such information rather than asking it in the first place.
Many employers steer clear of asking such questions, mainly the age one, although they may have to know about disabilities in case they have to make reasonable adjustments for the employee. Some employers see it that if they do ask such questions and then they have to reject an employee for other reasons, they could get into trouble because the employee may think the actual reasons were linked to that information, even if it was not. So it just saves them potential headaches in the future, although it is not illegal to ask them in the first place.
I hope this has answered your query. Please take a second to leave a positive rating, or if you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I see you have accessed and read my answer to your query. Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? I just need to know whether you need further help or if I can close the question? Thank you