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View Diary: The Unemployed Aren't Second Class Citizens - Let's Protect Them From Hiring Discrimination (183 comments)

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  •  I am very happy that you are doing this (8+ / 0-)

    but...how do you keep employers from looking at the gap in time between jobs on a resume and using the same criteria, just without the blatant statement that they want only the currently employed?

    Is there a way to put some teeth in this? For the civil rights issues we collect statistics about employment by race that indicate compliance. Could something like this be done for the unemployed? Even better, how about a tax credit for hiring unemployed versus employed with a stick that penalizes a low percentage?

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

    by marketgeek on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 06:52:21 PM PDT

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    •  Enforcement is always the issue. (9+ / 0-)

      First, to Congressman Grijalva, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking on this issue and for you public service.

      I think my first comment on DK stated how angry I have felt about the current "state of the Nation," in no small part because of the unemployment issues so many people have had to face.  My husband was out of work for two full years, and he's over 50; double-whammy discrimination.  His current employment isn't much, but it's something; better than nothing.

      My question is exactly as marketgeek posed, how to put teeth in this?  Presuming one could even obtain the necessary proof required to prove discrimination.  

    •  While I support this sort of legislation... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...unfortunately, it seems to me that it will inherently be little more than symbolic -- as you're noting, how do you really enforce this?

      That said, sometimes there is value in symbolic laws...

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 08:15:03 PM PDT

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