September 7, 2017

Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 Proposed to End Unemployment Discrimination

“A new bill introduced on capitol hill would forbid employers from rejecting applicants because they are unemployed. Supported by Representatives Rosa DeLuaro of Connecticut and Henry Johnson Jr. of Georgia, the introduction of the Fair Employment Act of 2011 falls just behind the release of a new report from the National Employment Law Project. The report shows that the exclusion of unemployed workers from a companies prospective employment pool is at an all time high. In a study conducted on online job posting boards an overwhelming number of employment opportunities outright state that applicants “”must be employed.”" Companies, such as Allstate Insurance, Home Builder Recruiters of American, and even several Universities are not even trying to hid their discrimination. Some companies have even gone so far as to say that applicants must be employed on a permanent basis. Others were more lenient and required that applicants without jobs must only be recently unemployed. That does nothing for the millions of Americans that have been unemployed for more than six months.

“”It is unjust for employers to discriminate against those who are unemployed,”" said Representative DeLauro. In an economy that is more stagnant than fluid, more than six million Americans are currently unemployed and this new trend companies are following is making it even more difficult for Americans to get back to work. Supporters of the bill claim that what the companies are doing is in direct violation of a citizens rights, the right for equal opportunity of employment. The practice is also a negative for the American economy as a whole and makes it so that only those who are currently employed can even attempt to get a job, a job that they do not need. Leaving the unemployed Americans in an unending cycle of job seeking and pro-longing the economic hardships that this country is facing.

Polls show that the American public overwhelmingly approves of the proposed bill with eighty percent saying it is a very unfair practice and two to one saying that some sort of ban should be put in place to prevent companies from turning down applicants because of their current employment status.”