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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Directive 10-289, anyone?
OK, how about if they are registered DEMOCRATS?
This moron won’t be happy until every business in the country closes its doors permanently.
Just go around applying for work and when you are turned down simply file a lawsuit. Then settle out of court, rinse and repeat.
This idea is brilliant! Just think of the enormous job growth in the categories of trial lawyers, paralegals, judges and law clerks! I bow before Obama’s superior intellect!
This would make me want to hire someone. Sure. I could get sued just be interviewing prospective employees? Are they nuts?
So now wanting to rid the nation of unemployment could be in the same category as ethnic cleansing?
It would take several decades of solid conservative rule to undo all the crap this guy is doing
HR officers are not the most logical.
The view is if you don’t have a job, you are a loser. In other words it is better to quit a job rather than be laid off.
That is a bad sign to employers. It means you are desperate.
I REFUSE to hire anybody that is a liberal/socialist/marxist/obama boot licker.
Wanna job? Good luck!
Everything that occurs anywhere at any time is scrutinzed for opportunistic use by the O reelection team.
Not in this economy. I’d rather have someone who will work.
so the hard working paying taxes , white ,normal, Christian male will , or is the only one who is not protected.
hell why not just make the law to discriminate them and have done with it , instead of this protective crap
Maybe his next advise will be to have the Poor sue the rich and take this spread the wealth around to the next level. Each of us can sue a person that has more money than we do and collect damages that will make us equal.....
This is bad, but what I really liked about the proposal was that anyone over 50 (I think it was 50, might have been 55) that gets hired in at a lower wage than what they were let go at the state would use the unemployment insurance to make up the difference in their wages.
As a business owner does that mean I can hire an old guy who is laid off with a PhD, pay him minimum wage, and let the state pick up the rest of his/her salary?? Hell I could hire 5 guys for the same price as one younger one!! /s
white straight normal, hard working white males.
honestly I don’t see why they can’;t get rid of these special protected classes and just say discrimination is alright against what I just wrote.
Actually, a lot of business are using temps only - forever. The trial lawyers make it too hard to fire anyone, so making people permanent isn't worth it.