CareerBuilder.com Posts New Wave of Discriminatory Job Ads
Posted by: Mitchell Hirsch on Sep 20, 2011
A recent survey of online job sites has shown that CareerBuilder.com continues to post numerous new ads that discriminate against unemployed job-seekers.
The latest examples appear two months after the National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a report detailing similarly exclusionary job postings this spring. Since then, federal legislation has been introduced that would ban hiring practices, including job ads, that discriminate against unemployed workers by excluding them from consideration for employment opportunities. As these harmful practices have attracted growing attention, one leading job site -- Indeed.com -- recently announced it would no longer post such exclusionary ads.
President Obama has recently said he backs legislation to end such discriminatory practices that serve to lock-out unemployed job-seekers from job opportunities, and has included such a federal ban in the proposed American Jobs Act.
In the last month, however, CareerBuilder.com has continued to post new ads like this one for a Medical Pharma Sales Rep in La Crosse, Wisconsin, which not only says applicants "MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED" -- it also says:
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Reminds me of "No soup for you!" But I digress.
Another recent example is this September 5 posting for Restaurant Managers Upscale AGM Needed!! in Louisville, Kentucky. To qualify -- you guessed it -- you "must be currently employed."
Then there's this CareerBuilder.com job posting from September 16 for a Corrugated Packing sales rep in Lima, Ohio which requires applicants to be "currently employed within the Distribution Packaging Jan/san industry."
And then there's this ad on CareerBuilder.com from The Porter Group, posted September 15, looking for a Sales Executive for an interesting firm:
Nice, huh? Oh, well, that probably wasn't something you'd enjoy anyway.
How about the food service industry or the restaurant business? Take a look at this posting from last month from Martin Recruiting Partners for Kitchen Managers in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the required qualifications it says you must be "currently working with a quick casual or full service restaurant manager background."
Sometimes, a limited acceptable duration of unemployment is specified, as in this Restaurant Management, Long Island, NY posting from Gecko Hospitality last month which specifies candidates "must be currently employed or not out of the restaurant business for more than 3 months."
Enough already. This has to stop. And it's not just these pernicious ads -- it's the full range exclusionary practices that discriminate against unemployed job-seekers. If employers, recruiters, staffing firms and online job posting sites like CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com will not voluntarily do the right thing and end the lockout against unemployed workers in the job market -- as Indeed.com has taken steps to do -- then new federal legislation is clearly needed.
Call your U.S. Representative and Senators and tell them to support and pass the Fair Employment Opportunity Act to end discrimination against unemployed workers in hiring. You can call 202-224-3121 for the Senate and 202-224-3121 for the House, or reach the Capitol switchboard toll-free at 877-851-6437 or 877-210-5351.See all blog entries »