A recent study found that discrimination against the unemployed is a prevalent occurrence in online job ad postings. The study examined the job ads on four major Internet job sites: CareerBuilder.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com and Craigslist.com. According to the Sun Sentinel, the study found more than 150 job ads where the employer specifically said that being currently employed was a requirement for the position.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently investigating whether employers and recruiters are discriminating against unemployed job applicants and, if so, whether it is an illegal practice. According to The Wall Street Journal, the EEOC has been receiving reports of job ads that say that currently unemployed people need not apply as they will not be considered.
According to The Associated Press, former employees of the closed Nummi auto plant filed a lawsuit against the factory and Toyota on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California. The employees say the Fremont-based company discriminated against them because they were on disability at the time of the factory's closure and, for that reason, were compensated less in their severance packages.
As if it wasn't hard enough to find a job in this economy, The Huffington Post is reporting that some companies are ignoring all applications by currently unemployed candidates. The HuffPost found several job opening advertisements across the Web that all came with the notice that the unemployed needn't bother to apply. One posting, on The People Place, a recruiting Web site, posted a job for an engineer with a notice on the bottom that reads, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."