Buried within President Obama’s proposed $447 billion jobs bill is a provision creating a new category of individuals against whom it will be illegal to discriminate — the unemployed.
There is a near unanimous consensus that failing to consider individuals that are unemployed to fill job vacancies is a bad business decision because there is a wealth of outstanding talent who, through no fault of their own, find themselves unemployed. A strong argument can also be made that treating these individuals, who are desperately seeking work, as expendable is morally wrong. Just because something is wrong, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the best way to remedy the problem is to pass a law.
Lisa J. Stamatelos, an adjunct professor of human resources management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, describes the proposal as “sounding good in theory, but useless in practice” in Sunday’s edition of The Star-Ledger.
“The proposed law would boost the caseload of employment lawyers and put another cost burden on employers of defending themselves against frivolous lawsuits,” she adds. “Being unemployed may also sometimes be a legitimate reason for not hiring someone, if their skills have become antiquated.”