Jobless May Be the Next Protected Group

President Obama pledged his support for legislation that would prohibit job listings that discriminate against the unemployed, according to Change.org. Many employers believe employed candidates have up-to-date skills and have proven their staying power. However, Change.org has called on job sites to prohibit the practice because so many workers are out of work because of a poor economy rather than a deficiency in their skills.

The President said that discrimination against the unemployed “makes absolutely no sense. … You've seen so many folks who, through no fault of their own, ended up being laid off because of the difficulty of this recession," the President added.

Because joblessness is not a protected class, it isn’t illegal to eliminate unemployed candidates during searches, according to a New York Times article. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has held meetings examining the legality of the practice.