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Originally posted by grrrrrrr
...on a goverment contract....
Originally posted by liejunkie01
I am sorry, but the conspiracy in me screams disinfo. I am in college right now. The classrooms are full. I believe that this article is a diversion tactic to take the spotlight off of the money saving issue.
Just my 2 cents.edit on 14-2-2011 by liejunkie01 because: b
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
The first biggies to do this were WalMart and IBM. WalMart did it to get lower prices and IBM didn't need the higher profile as they were already International, and I'm damn near sure they did it to save money too. What you say may be the case for some. As an overall theory, I'm not sure yet that it holds a lot of water. Need to think about it some more.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials say they're concerned about reports that some companies are trying to exclude the unemployed from applying for job openings.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is examining how prevalent the practice might be and whether it could violate federal job discrimination laws.
There's no specific legal protection for unemployed workers. But commissioners are investigating whether excluding jobless applicants may be extra hard on blacks, Latinos or other ethnic minorities that tend to have higher unemployment rates.
The Labor Department says it's hard to measure the problem because most job openings are not posted publicly.
The concerns are based on anecdotal reports of advertisements or recruiting firms that discouraged the unemployed from applying.
In 2008, Michelle, a 53-year-old Illinois resident with 19 years experience in information technology, became another casualty of the Great Recession. More than a year later, after a long and fruitless job search, she finally heard from a headhunter who thought she sounded like a great fit for a post he was looking to fill.
But when Michelle told him how long she had been out of work, the headhunter turned apologetic: His client, he said, wouldn't accept people who had been unemployed for more than six months. Michelle would go on to stay jobless for so long that she ultimately exhausted all her unemployment benefits, and, for the first time in her life, was forced to apply for food stamps and welfare.
Michelle's tale was recounted at a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) meeting devoted to the issue of hiring discrimination against the unemployed. As the commission found, Michelle's experience is far from unique. No one officially tracks how many job openings explicitly bar the unemployed, but several news reports since last summer have uncovered numerous online job postings that require candidates be employed during the application process. One such listing was posted by the cellphone giant Sony Ericsson--a move the company later called a "mistake."
Job-placement professionals say that over the last year, more and more employers have made it clear they won't consider job candidates who aren't working. "A lot of our recruiters have had clients who have come across this," Matt Deutsch of TopEchelon.com, which brings recruiters together to collaborate in finding jobs for candidates, told The Lookout, calling the practice "unfortunate."....
Some employers have said they're unwilling to hire unemployed workers because they believe that if a worker has once been let go, that's a sign that he or she is probably not a great hire. "People who are currently employed … are the kind of people you want as opposed to people who get cut," one recruiter told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in October.
And as Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke has said, when people are out of work for a long time, their skills can erode, which may understandably make them less attractive to employers.
But Deutsch said that a bias against the jobless is also a time-saving device for companies that may themselves be making do with less, thanks to the downturn. "If you've got a huge stack of submissions, and you want to get through them quickly, [you can say] 'OK, all the people who are not currently employed, forget them,' " Deutsch explained. "That's gonna cut down on your workload."