EEOC Explores Hiring Discrimination Against the Unemployed

In February 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a meeting and heard testimony on whether employers are unfairly screening out the unemployed in hiring. (See the EEOC's press release on the hearing on EEOC.gov: Out of Work? Out of Luck.) Speakers pointed to job postings that explicitly limit the applicant pool to those who already have a job; in other words, those who are out of work need not apply. To learn more, read the blog post Discrimination Against the Unemployed? in Nolo's Employment Law Blog.