EEOC Reviewing Impact of Excluding the Unemployed from Applicant Pools

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is taking a look at whether excluding the currently unemployed from job applicant pools has a discriminatory impact upon protected classes of job-seekers.  This issue was raised at a public hearing on the topic last week in Washington, D.C.

Some employers and some job referral agencies are only considering those currently employed as viable candidates for open jobs–so if you are unemployed, you are out of luck once again. The question is whether this practice has a discriminatory impact upon otherwise capable job seekers who may have lost their former job through no fault of their own.  While this practice seems short-sighted at best,  we have no official word on what conclusion the EEOC may reach.

As your strategic Orlando Human Resources consultants, we’ll keep you informed. Stay tuned.    


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