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 ...
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