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There's a growing problem with companies that refuse to hire people who don't already have a job. With unemployment at 9%, this kind of discrimination affects a huge number of people. And it hits Black communities particularly hard, as more than 15% of African Americans are unemployed.

Our friends at USAction launched a campaign asking job listing websites like to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed. But not only did refuse to ban these ads — they actually threatened legal action against USAction for raising the issue. Other job listing websites have been completely silent. It's outrageous.

Today ColorOfChange members are joining USAction,, and CREDO Action in calling on and other job listing websites to stop publishing ads which discriminate against the unemployed. Please join us.

From the email we sent to our members this morning:

At a time when more than 9% of Americans are out of work, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, no one should have to have a job in order to get a job. This type of discrimination hurts everyone who's looking for work. But Black people are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as White folks. And Latinos are also unemployed at a higher rate than Whites.4 Whether it's intended or not, discrimination against the unemployed is discrimination against Black and Latino Americans.

Democrats in the House and Senate are crafting legislation that would make this kind of discrimination illegal. We'll keep an eye on that legislation and let you know how you can help get it passed.

But right now, without any law to prevent discrimination against the unemployed, job listing websites could do more than anyone else to stop this practice. These companies are supposed to be in the business of helping people find jobs. But by continuing to publish help wanted ads that say "you must be currently employed to apply," they're enabling a practice which makes it even harder to recover for the people who are struggling the hardest in this economy. has said that they're against discrimination against the unemployed5 — but they're refusing to stop publishing these ads, saying that they'll leave it up to individual companies to decide what to do.6 wants to have it both ways — they think they can pay lip service to opposing this practice, while continuing to make money off of the companies that engage in it. It's selfish and irresponsible.

We can help by joining the more than 60,000 people who have already called for and other job listing sites to stop discrimination against the unemployed. If enough of us speak out, we can create negative media attention that will make easier for to do the right thing than to continue profiting from job listings that discriminate.

Please join us in demanding that and other job listing companies stop publishing ads that discriminate against the unemployed:

Thanks and Peace,

-- Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the team
   August 25th, 2011

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release, 8-5-11

2. "Stop Discrimination Against Unemployed Workers," USAction

3. " Says It Won't Ban Third-Party Ads That Discourage Job Applications From The Unemployed," Huffington Post, 8-12-11

4. See reference 1.

5. "Updated: Monster Speaks Out Against Employment Discrimination," 8-8-11

6. See reference 3.

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  •  Tip'd/rec'd for the inspiration but it won't (0+ / 0-)

    happen because of a market change that occurred over the last 5-6 years with the job sites...many of them have partnered with major newspapers now to run their online job sites (so you go to, and HotJobs

    "However, I don't think that critiquing one precludes praising the other" - The Troubador

    by GoGoGoEverton on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:00:17 PM PDT

  •  Not sure how you did it, but you have two (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    identical diaries up that seem to be swirling in two different universes as far as comments go.

  •  i'd recommend telling your membership (0+ / 0-)

    to apply to those jobs anyway.  the worst that happens is they delete the resume, which is also the worst that happens if they don't post the "currently employed only" tag.  Maybe someone gets lucky and gets a job despite not meeting the listed criteria, as could be the case with similar job "opportunities" that only think but do not say this.  

    Sometimes you see ones asking for "stable employment history," which seems irrelevant to jobs not working with horses.  It's also so subjective as to ignore.

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:22:35 PM PDT

  •  Monster isn't really in the job-getting business (2+ / 0-)
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    kalmoth, Futuristic Dreamer

    Sadly, most available jobs aren't listed on job sites. Monster is a spamming behemoth masquerading as a job site.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:22:47 PM PDT

    •  Sadly, that's truer than it used to be (1+ / 0-)
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      You can still find some good jobs on Monster, but they are few and far between. there's a spamming behemoth and a media whore, to boot. I finally got a job, and I pulled my resume down from out there, but damned if I can figure out how to get my account "closed".

      REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

      by lunachickie on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 03:32:46 PM PDT

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