Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17: "Unemployed Need Not Apply" Is Discrimination

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Chris Isidore of CNN Money reports this:

It's legal - right now, at least. But it's also discrimination.

As Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project pointed out in the article, recruiters could be missing out on the best candidates. In addition, such a requirement forces workers who are employed to stay in jobs they don't want - which can cut productivity and ultimately make those workers bad job candidates.

Local, state and federal entities should make it illegal for employers to use employment status - unless there is confirmation of fraud, mismanagement or discipline issues - as criteria in hiring.

Being the victim of an economic layoff - as so many Americans currently are - does not and should not disqualify anyone from work. The best and the brightest are among those losing their jobs.

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