Help Rep. Hank Johnson Stop Discrimination Against the Unemployed

by Easter on September 23, 2011

The unemployment rate in the US has been hanging at  9%  for many months. Many employees have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It is amazing that in this economy there are companies who openly discriminate against the unemployed. Some companies have actually written in their job postings that they will not give as much consideration to unemployed or long term unemployed candidates.

Other companies have stated they will not hire unemployed people. How outrageous is that? It is unthinkable and unconscionable for any company to discriminate against the unemployed. It should be illegal. Kudos to the forward thinking state of New Jersey who passed a law in April that bans discrimination in job postings, whether they are in print or on-line.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has  introduced two federal bills to stop companies from discriminating against jobless employees. One is called the Fair Employment Opportunity Act. Two days ago he met with other state  representatives, who were all joined by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and USAction, urging support of his bill.

Want to support the bill? Contact your state Representatives and Senators and tell them to support the Fair Employment Opportunity Act. Have you been out of work for more than 6 months? Rep. Hank Johnson wants to hear your story. Take the time to fill out the form. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will find it. Do it for yourself and do it for the other millions of people out of work and still job searching.

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