Losing your job is bad enough. Not being able to apply for a new one because the want-ad reads “UNEMPLOYED NEED NOT APPLY” adds insult to injury.
Discriminatory hiring practices against the jobless are on the rise, says Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project. And with more than 28 million citizens idled – through no fault of their own – by the worst recession since the Great Depression, employers refusing to hire the unemployed will further slow the country’s economic recovery.
U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) has introduced a bill to end hiring discrimination against the unemployed. The Fair Employment Act of 2011 (H.R. 1113) would amend the Civil Rights Act to make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone simply because of their employment status – just as it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of one’s race, gender or religion.
Passage of the bill is imperative in order to end jobless discrimination and help the unemployed get back to work. Tell your Representative and Senators to vote “yes” on the Fair Employment Act of 2011 today.