Businesses often complain of being overwhelmed by government regulations. But when your practice is not to hire someone because they’ve been unemployed, well, you deserve regulation.
According to the National Employment Law Project, Sen. Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced legislation this week to ban employers from only hiring those that currently have jobs.
“A snapshot sampling of recent online job postings disclosed a large number of ads explicitly limited to those who are ‘currently employed’,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “This perverse catch-22 requires a worker to have a job in order to get a job, and it means highly qualified, experienced workers who want and need work can’t get past the starting gate in the application process simply because they lost their jobs through no fault of their own. As a business practice, this makes no sense, and as a way to rebuild the economy, it only debilitates workers, particularly the long-term unemployed.”
A similar bill has been introduced in the House that prohibits employers with 15 or more workers from discriminating against workers based on their unemployment history. Employers would be banned from posting ads that say they won’t consider an unemployed worker for a job and wouldn’t be able to tell employment agencies to screen out applicants who were jobless.