Unemployed? Don’t Bother Applying

I suppose I’m still too naive, or perhaps I simply haven’t run head-on into this one, via Susie Madrak from HuffPost:

Employers are still discriminating against unemployed people in their online job ads despite an increase of scrutiny on hiring practices, a new report by the National Employment Law Project has found.

HuffPost reported back in June 2010 that a number of job postings on sites such as Craigslist, Monster.com and Indeed.com explicitly ruled out jobless applicants using the language “must be currently employed,” or “no unemployed candidates will be considered.” According to the new NELP survey of a number of “heavily-trafficked job posting websites,” employers have continued to screen out applicants solely because they are unemployed.

“This pernicious practice adds a tremendous burden for unemployed workers as they look for jobs,” said Christine Owens, executive director of NELP. “For the millions of jobless Americans struggling to climb out of the deepest job hole in many decades, nothing can be more demoralizing than the double-whammy of losing a job and then learning they will not be considered for new positions because they are not currently working.”

A bill prohibiting this practice has been introduced by two Democrats in the House, the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011, but in a Republican-controlled chamber, I wouldn’t bet on it. Hell, if by a miracle it passed the House, I’m not sure I’d bet on the Senate to pass it, or if they did, I’m sure I’d bet against Hopey-Changey signing it.

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