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.