The National Employment Law Project reports that employers continue to discriminate against unemployed workers. The latest postings that require applicants to be employed or recently unemployed include the following help wanted ads:
- Pharma Sales Rep, LaCrosse, WI: CURRENTLY EMPLOYED MEDICAL SALES
- Restaurant Manager, Atlanta, GA: ONLY CANDIDATES WHO ARE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS A SALARIED RESTAURANT MANAGER OR JUST RECENTLY UNEMPLOYED (1-4 MONTHS) WILL BE CONSIDERED!
- Restaurant Manager, St. Louis, MO: MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED
- Medical Staff Coordinator, HCA Hospitals, Dallas, TX: Must be currently employed in a medical services profession for at least the past 12 consecutive months
- Executive Assistant/Legal Secretary, San Francisco, CA: The candidate must...be currently employed
- Restaurant Manager, Queens & Long Island, NY: Must be currently employed or not out of the restaurant business for more than 3 months
"Employers and firms continue to post ads that refuse to even consider the unemployed, regardless of their qualifications. It's unfair to workers and bad for the economy. We need to be putting Americans back to work, not stigmatizing and prolonging their unemployment," said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project.
Unfortunately, it's not considered discrimination - at least yet - to say that unemployed workers need not apply. However, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced the Fair Employment Opportunity Act to prohibit employers from refusing to consider unemployed applicants.
It's challenging enough to be job searching in this economy, without your application not even getting a look because you're unemployed. If you are unemployed and have been discriminated against, here's how to share your discrimination story.