Bill introduced to end discrimination against the unemployed.
- Unemployed job seekers are routinely excluded from applying for jobs.An informal NELP survey of a number of heavily-trafficked jobs board websites, including CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and Indeed.com, found numerous ads that conspicuously stated “candidates must be currently employed” to apply.
- Unemployed need not apply is just another way of saying a candidate is too old, similar to codes like; no more than 5 to 9 years of experience, too much experience and company image fit used by employment agencies and companies.
- Those 50 and older make up 43% of the unemployed already competing against hundreds of others for the few available jobs. It’s criminal that individuals are discriminated against because they are unemployed; add to that age discrimination and their odds are staggering.
- Representative DeLauro, co-sponsor of the legislation and Representative Johnson,co-sponsored of The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s1471/show that if passed, would prohibit employers and employment agencies from discriminating against unemployed job seekers, and ensure that all Americans have the same opportunities for employment.”
- UPDATE: Representative George Miller of California, the ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011.
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