New York Times: The Unemployed Need Not Apply

New York Times Opinion article highlights an unexpected hurdle for the unemployed, citing that the EEOC’s recent forum discussed a growing trend in employment in which employers and staffing agencies refused to consider the unemployed for openings.  The Federal Reserve is projecting unemployment to continue at or near 9% for the rest of the year. That is roughly 13.9 million Americans out of work.  The EEOC provided evidence that the message — “the unemployed need not apply” — has at times been explicitly stated in job announcements. In other cases, unemployed job seekers have reported verbal rejections after a recruiter or employer learned they were not currently working.  NY Times

The EEOC is exploring whether excluding unemployed applicants is illegal. Jobless workers are not specifically protected by antidiscrimination laws.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.  Protecting the jobless from discrimination in hiring could have a major impact on the unemployed.

Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC dedicates a large portion of their practice to the area of employment law.  Our firm has had considerable success in matters of employment discrimination throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.