Is it legal to post birthdays at work?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about disclosing birth date:

Is it legal to post the birth month and day of employees at work?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

There are no specific laws about posting birth dates and many offices do so. However, birth YEARS should not be posted, not only as a courtesy but to avoid any accusation that such posting leads to discrimination about age. It might add to someone’s case if they later feel their age is an issue in employment practices-and the act of posting the year may start that kind of thinking, especially if some employees make a big deal about either youth or age.I think it’s not good to ever refer to someone’s specific age for that reason. (That’s also why there should not be any “over the hill” parties, no matter how well meant they are.

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