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EEOC Conducts Public Hearing On Bias Against The Unemployed

Published by on February 16, 2011

The EEOC held a public hearing today on whether refusing to hire unemployed job applicants is discriminatory.  Civil rights advocates believe that such a practice has a disproportionate adverse impact on minorities, who are unemployed at higher rates than the general population.  The Wal Street Journal has an update here.  A number of blogs have […]

The EEOC held a public hearing today on whether refusing to hire unemployed job applicants is discriminatory.  Civil rights advocates believe that such a practice has a disproportionate adverse impact on minorities, who are unemployed at higher rates than the general population.  The Wal Street Journal has an update here.  A number of blogs have commentary here, here and here.  The EEOC was gathering information on the topic, and it remains to be seen whether they will issue guidance on the issue for employers.

UPDATE:  Additional post-hearing commentary here and here.

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