I recently filled out a job application for a seasonal retail outfit that sells Halloween items and was surprised to see two specific questions that I thought were not legal to ask.

One asked for my date of birth. Now, I'm 60 years old and it's tough enough getting your foot in the door without this question, so I was very surprised. I also noticed that a lot of questions on the application seemed to be geared toward young people, such as “Would this be your first job?”

The second question asked for my ethnicity. Excuse me? What does that have to do with anything?

During the last several years, I've filled out a bunch of applications and none of them asked those two questions. In fact, it could be taken that the company could be guilty of age discrimination and racial profiling.

Aren't these questions illegal?