If you've been told you would not be considered for a job simply because you are unemployed -- tell us your story!In today's already-tough job market some employers, staffing firms and recruiters are explicitly excluding job applicants based on their being unemployed -- or based on a certain duration of unemployment. To the extent that this kind of discriminatory exclusion is practiced by employers or their agents, it makes finding new work that much more difficult for millions of unemployed jobseekers.
Our work to expose these harmful discriminatory practices has helped to make it a national concern -- recently prompting the New York City Council to enact strong protections and ban these practices outright. Efforts to overcome discrimination against unemployed jobseekers have been spurred on by the stories of many workers who have directly experienced these exclusionary practices.
If your claim for unemployment insurance in Florida has been unfairly denied due to the new online "skills assessment test" or online claim filing requirement, tell us your story.
Changes made two years ago to the claims filing system for Florida unemployment insurance benefits have created an illegal barrier to those benefits for tens of thousands of qualified claimants. A combination of online-only filing and a maze-like application process -- including an extensive, academic "initial skills" assessment as an online requirement -- allow the state to summarily delay and outright deny benefits to many Floridians who should be receiving them.
We have heard from scores of unemployment claimants in Florida who have wrongfully experienced these benefit denials. They have described what are often nightmarish tales of frustration, lack of information and outright deception -- some being denied benefits even after completing absolutely every filing requirement.