Tucked away in President Obama’s American Jobs Act is a provision to make it unlawful for employers and employment agencies to discriminate against the unemployed in recruitment. It’s called the “Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011.”
Anecdotal evidence suggests that more employers and employment agencies are turning away applicants who are unemployed. Given that the official unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, this is yet one more obstacle to people out-of-work finding work.
So the Obama Administration is proposing to remove that barrier. The law would prohibit discrimination in recruitment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed. It would give the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission authority to investigate and resolve such claims and apply the rights, procedures and remedies of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation’s main employment discrimination statute.
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