Help wanted: no jobless need apply

From People’s World:

February 18 2011

Unemployment has hovered at 10 percent for months, yet employers around the country are refusing to hire the jobless.

Such refusals lead to racial, gender and disability discrimination, according to testimony given to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Feb. 16.
Christine Owens of the National Employment Law Project told the EEOC that numerous listings for jobs included such phrases as “not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of reason,” “must be currently employed” or other restrictive phrases.

Owens said jobless restrictions may violate the civil rights of “older workers, workers of color, women” or others — like veterans or the disabled — protected under federal employment laws. Federal anti-discrimination law includes prohibitions on intentional discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, color, religion, age, and disability.

The jobless as a group are not protected. However, by excluding the unemployed, employers may be violating equal protection laws because long-term joblessness affects women, African Americans and others disproportionately, according to expert testimony.

Recent data shows that jobless women are more likely to be unemployed for 27 weeks or longer than their male counterparts, says Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center. Older workers, especially women, are particularly vulnerable to jobless restrictions.

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It sometimes seems to me that transsexual and transgender folks often fail to take into account the sexism that runs rampant in the work place.  Much of the discrimination faced by WBTs as well as TG women is just plain old fashioned sexism that expects women to work for less, be stupid and ornimental as well as sex objects.  this multiplies other factors such as age (bad) as well as weight and appearance.

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