Skip to comments.Obama Proposes Adding ‘Unemployed’ to Protected Status
Posted on 09/26/2011 11:29:43 AM PDT by reaganaut1
President Obama has not been particularly successful in fostering the creation of jobs. But he thinks he has found a way to pry open doors in the workplace for many of the unemployed, especially those who have been out of work for a long time.
Mr. Obamas jobs bill would prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants because they are unemployed.
Under the proposal, it would be an unlawful employment practice if a business with 15 or more employees refused to hire a person because of the individuals status as unemployed.
Unsuccessful job applicants could sue and recover damages for violations, just like when an employer discriminates on the basis of a persons race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
White House officials see discrimination against the unemployed as a serious problem. In a radio interview last month, Mr. Obama said such discrimination made absolutely no sense, especially at a time when many people, through no fault of their own, had been laid off.
Mr. Obamas proposal would also prohibit employment agencies and Web sites from carrying advertisements for job openings that exclude people who are unemployed. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received reports of such advertisements but does not have data to show how common they are.
Republicans and some employers criticized the White House proposal. They said that discrimination was not common and that the proposed remedy could expose employers to a barrage of lawsuits.
We do not see a need for it, said Michael J. Eastman, executive director of labor law policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Already, Mr. Eastman said, the Civil Rights Act outlaws employment practices that have a disparate impact on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin,
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Another segment of the population he’s pandering to for votes??? The unemployed??? Geesh!
next will be terror suspects and Somali pirates.
you can’t discriminate against midnight naval property acquisition specialists.
Every time I see this proposal I am struck at just how d*mn dumb it is. You might as well title it the “If you aren’t employed now you never will be again” Bill.
No Business is going to risk interviewing ANY unemployed person for any position.
My guess is that Obama could not even DEFINE “free enterprise.”
Hey, I’m unemployed, well actually retired, but UNEMPLOYED. Does this mean that I am now a “protected class”? Oh goody. What do I get? Trips like on Wheel of Fortune?
The only people in America that do NOT belong to an Obama “Protected Class” are native-born, employed, non-obese, non-union, straight, White males.
Boy, that is just frecking brilliant! Make the Unemployed “protected”. Then companies can be sued for not hiring the unemployed. Yeah, that’ll make companies want to stay in the US and invest. [/s]
Really, his agenda is to turn us into a bunch of mind-numbed, lazy bastards—totally dependent on the Government for handouts.
Are businesses now prohibited from asking for a résumé?
Mo money for reparations. Mo money for bums. Mo money for lawyers.
Insanity continues with Obozo at the helm
I am thoroughly disgusted with him and his bunch of thugs and thieves.
He just made it harder for the unemployed to get jobs. Now they won’t even get an interview.
It's like this guy lies awake at night thinking of ways to screw the private sector. It's one thing after the next.
And yet, by constantly extending unemployment benefits, government provides ever greater positive incentives for those who have lost their jobs to remain unemployed for ever longer periods of time.
As a number of economists have shown, when unemployment benefits are extended, someone who has lost a job -- e.g., an engineer -- is further incentivized to remain unemployed until he has found another engineering job. That job might not actually exist. What the economy -- and the unemployed engineer, by the way -- really needs, however, is simply for the unemployed engineer to get off the public dole system and to start pulling his own weight. That might require that he accept a less-than-ideal job, perhaps on a production line somewhere.
Seems like everyone is a “Protected Status” citizen, except for the people who make this country work ...
He must be thinking about his next job.
Relatively few long-term unemployed have been diligently and energetically seeking employment during the whole time. Most have gone on “funemployment” for a while, and afterward, or perhaps when the benefits were drying up, decided to seriously pursue a new position.
This is just my opinion, as formed from numerous news stories. YMMV.
What a joke Maobama is.
Damn. Good thing I'm fat then.
Should Uncle 0bamao make THAT illegal discrimination also?
Oh there you go again. Ruining my fantasy.
Now that Obama et al are labeling unemployed people as potential victims, the unemployed are further stigmatized. Way to go, Obama!
Let's think this one through for a moment. An AVERAGE engineer makes around 70-90K/yr, or $1,350-$1,750/week before taxes. You are stating, as fact - that he is going to feed his family, make his house payment, provide medical care, pay his utilties, make his car payments on $346/week (maximum unemployment in many states)?
I think you are horribily mistaken - what he will do is lose his house, lose his car, lose his retirement and savings and declare bankdruptcy and hopefully not lose his marriage and self-respect. Anyway you look at it; his life's savings, his retirement, his 401K is gone and likely will never come back in any meaningful way.
Now, a person making ~$20K/yr is in a much better position to economize and survive off welfare benefits.
I remember on a WOF show long time ago, a guy won a ‘Trip to San Francisco’......He was from San Francisco...........
The Civil Right Act over looks the need to be qualified for the job first. Instead Washington, D.C. and government buildings across the nation are filled with un-qualified people who are there because of the color of their skin and little else.
With Obama's back door amnesty program taking jobs from returning veterans, some with disability problems, the jobs market is crowded and there will be more retired Military this next year needing jobs. Is unemployment becoming the new entitlement?
Another part of the problem, however, is pay: If an engineer making $84,000 a year is laid off and then gets $523 a week in UE benefits, and can only find jobs paying $9.40 an hour, he’s better off not taking the job.
Now, the problem of high paying jobs being harder to get over time is a seperate issue, but as far as the UE benefits issue is concerned, the above scenario keeps a lot of people on the dole.
If you aren't employed, you better find a job FAST if this thing gets legs or you will NEVER work again.
It's also going to promote massive lies and cheating of the employment process.
Sole proprietorships and megacorps will be the final types of businesses left.
Unfortunately, refusing to hire or even just interview someone who has been out of work for an extended period of time, in the economy, is as stupid, short sighted and ignorant as is refusing to do so because of their color or religion, etc.
RE: Under the proposal, it would be an unlawful employment practice if a business with 15 or more employees refused to hire a person because of the individuals status as unemployed.
Why did they choose the number 15? What’s the significance of this?
He had better not as that is about the only investment that I have that is in the black.
Please tell me this is The Onion and not the NYT.
The Democrats are attempting to create another class of voters who are permanently dependent upon government spending and will therefore reliably vote Democrat.
Here's a rule of thumb...
When it's ridiculous AND funny, it's from The Onion.
When it's just ridiculous, it's from the NYT.
Next up, you won’t be able to discriminate against people who smell like a cow’s ass.
A feel good idea like so many liberal ideas. How have the age discrimination laws worked out, huh?
Nonsense. Someone who has been out of work for a year is, by odds, a higher risk to not show up and perform every day than someone who has been continously employed. Its a fact. Why take an unnecessary risk ?
Taking a 2 year breather because Obonehead has invented extended unemployment benefits is not something that should show up on a resume.
“They said that discrimination was not common”
I in no way support Obama’s proposal, but that’s a load of BS.
That would cover ALL his supporters.
looks like he wants to keep lawyers and court clerks employed.
looks like he wants to keep lawyers and court clerks employed.
This is the standard employee number that the government decided on when looking at a company and deciding if they must comply with EEOC. And since this is where the unemployment discrimination is trying to fall, I'm pretty sure that's where the got the number from.
They've just guaranteed that no unemployed person will get an interview. These people are idiots.
I can hear the stock answer. We are not hiring
now or excepting resumes. It will be up to you to
figure out how to somehow get your foot in the door,
and then maybe you will get an interview, but threaten
a business with a law suit? How to win friends and
influence people, and how not to get a job.