Job listings say the unemployed need not apply

United States
July 26, 2011 6:25pm CST
Is anyone as appalled as I am about this? Hundreds of job opening listings posted on Monster.com and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying. Legal experts told the Times that explicitly barring unemployed people from applying does not qualify under the statutory definition of discrimination, since unemployment is not a federally protected status like age or race. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/job-listings-unemployed-not-apply-133143362.html Can anyone tell me why these people are being discriminated against. I cannot understand this at all? The more people who are employed only helps the economy and they pay taxes and yet some are being told not to even bother trying the get a job. How completely useless that must make job seekers feel.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
26 Jul 11
That is completely ridiculous! I am unemployed and desperately need a job. From this understanding I must always be unemployed in the eyes of the employers? I've had a long absence from being employed, I imagine if it's any longer I'll need to just get a grant and go to school. I think it's getting where many people nearly need to go to school for something and hope they get a job in that field, or that it will atleast open up their chances of getting a job anywhere. If my lack of employment is always going to follow me then I might as well not bother looking at all,ever.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Jul 11
I bet but they should take in to accountthe they lost jobs for they shut down NO ITS NOT RIGHT AT ALL grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
• United States
28 Jul 11
How unfair.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Jul 11
yup
@diala84 (139)
• United States
27 Jul 11
It seems cruel and discriminatory to say the least to chose not to hire someone based on employment status. Especially when so many people have been force into unemployment through no fault of their own. It seems new laws need to come into play to keep this new kind of discrimination from becoming the norm. How can the unemployed ever find work and contribute to society if they aren't given a chance to work.
• United States
28 Jul 11
I agree absolutely with your response.
• United States
26 Jul 11
that is the worst thing i heard all day. What a crying out loud shame that is.
• United States
28 Jul 11
I agree!
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
30 Jul 11
The majority of long term unemployed in Australia don't want to be employed. They are lazy bludgers. Telling them not to apply would be music to their ears.
• United States
28 Jul 11
How is it possible to get a job when they discourage you from applying. It's not like all of the unemployed have enough money to start their own business. I had to start mystery shopping just to keep the lights on. It's rough here in America these days. Life just isn't getting any easier. Good luck to you!
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
27 Jul 11
Ain't it the God's truth but, honestly, our laws of the land DO NOT protect US, the US citizens who have chosen to live in a free country and therefore also chose to work...........now , they cannot due to what? Stupidity! hugs, quita
@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
27 Jul 11
If you asked for a job in managerial you will be asked about your experienced in same field. This because company / employer only looking for expert they not ready for training session. what I don't like from this job offer like this is not about what they asked (experience) but on their payment budget. A lot of company only pay us on average payment on same field when job seeker try to meet them. That's ridiculous because better experience or expertise mean better salary and expert people won't come for it if salary just on average. For me, it's better to looking for a job in field area. In this kind of jobs you do not necessarily have experience but you do need a skill for that job.
27 Jul 11
Basically what they are probably looking for is a regular run of a few years of work history.
@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jul 11
I wonder if they feel that people who are unemployed for a long period of time are unemployable for some reason. Most people seem to find some kind of work either online or some second or part time job to do. If a person industrious and able to find 'something to do' in their down time it does look well for them too. I would ignore it and apply anyway.
• United States
27 Jul 11
No, you are not and that is the one bright thing to this. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this just so wrong on so many levels. I hate hearing this especially (I would otherwise as well) because I myself am unemployed. That's A LOT of people excluded if I dare say so. And yes, I can tell you that, at least for myself, it doesn't help boost your confidence for finding a job, especially when you a;ready have social anxiety issues to contend with.