President Obama has proposed the American Jobs Act in an effort to create jobs for America’s 14 million unemployed citizens. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants based on their “status as unemployed.” But the Act would still allow employers to consider the underlying reasons for someone’s unemployment (poor performance or insubordination, for example). If the Act becomes law, it would merely prevent employers from refusing to hire someone solely because he or she is unemployed. As a result, unemployment would become a protected characteristic.
September 23, 2011 – Paul Castronovo – Castronovo & McKinney, LLC