Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Could "unemployed" become a protected class?

It's possible.

According to this NY Times story, President Obama Proposes Protecting Unemployed Against Hiring Bias

Say you own a business. You interview two individuals both of whom have the experience and background you are looking for. Now depending on the needs of the company, some employers may choose to hire the already unemployed person because since both are qualified and one is already employed, they'd like to give the unemployed person an opportunity. I think that's great. But what if for some reason, the employer feels the need to go with the already employed person (could have to do with needing up-to-date experience or skills in that area, who knows?). Does this mean the unemployed person can sue for discrimination? How does the unemployed person prove discrimination is involved?

Americans seeking employment are already protected against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, religion and national origin. I'm ok with that since none of those things should prohibit an individual from being able to carry out their duties so it should not be a factor in employment. However,  when it comes to things like experience, education, skills, we need to let the employer have the final say. Competition is tough today and some companies may find it's imperative to hire someone who has the training/skills which are the most current than someone who is behind because they've been unemployed.

I'd love to see every person who is unemployed and wants to work, have a job right now but we should tread carefully in this area that we don't let the government have too much of a hand in the decision-making process. Once we open the door, there's no closing it.


  1. All of our anti-discrimination laws these days are viewed in Washington as a way of dividing us up into voting blocks. They don't care about how it affects business, or whether class warfare causes violence and crime. They care only that they can wave it around at election time and say "I'm fighting for you because you are oppressed by (white men, all men, straight men, Christian men, corporate men). If not for me they'd make slaves of you all. Vote for me or you'll end up as slaves."

  2. Anonymous3/23/2012

    Excellent philosophy! Many employers want to start relationships with potential employees who are currently employed, but are we also at the point where we should also apply these ideas to how we date as well? If people who are not currently employed represent 'problem employees', then surely people who are not currently in a relationship when you want to date them could represent 'problem mates' to many people. The solution to that is to have an affair.

    Welcome to the Ashley Madison.com era.