Discrimination against the unemployed has been a hot topic recently. At issue, job postings that require applicants to be employed in order to be considered for a position.
The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 (S. 1471) was introduced to the Senate earlier this month and would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of an individuals status or history of unemployment. The bill is sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
A petition on Change.org called Monster.com: Ban job listings that discriminate against the unemployed was started by Westminster, CO resident Kelly Wiedemer. This petition has already received over 89,000 signatures. It states:
The National Employment Law Project recently conducted a review of job listings on Monster.com and CareerBuilder and found 150 ads that included exclusions based on current employment status.
Employers shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against the unemployed. Sites like Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com can do their part by banning these kinds of discrimatory employment ads from their networks.
This type of ad is already illegal in New Jersey, and there’s legislation pending in Congress that would do the same nationwide. Let’s force companies to end this practice.
A similar petition from USAction.org:
In the middle of a global economic recession, millions of people are unemployed for reasons they cannot control. Now we’ve learned that many companies are specifying in job advertisements that unemployed people cannot apply for open positions.
This is more than unfair to workers – it is devastating, and we urge you to refuse any such advertisements.
Monster.com updated it’s response on a blog post August 8, 2011.
As we’ve stated below and in our earlier statement in February, we oppose discrimination in the hiring process. Per our standard practice, we reviewed our site and determined that less than one one-hundredth of one percent of the postings on Monster had any language excluding the unemployed. As of this writing, we are not aware of any postings on our site that exclude the unemployed. We will continue to monitor our site closely and address this and similar issues with our customers. We welcome our job seekers to alert us of any inappropriate posting using the red flag that appears above and below every job posting. We have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for our jobseekers.
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