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Feds Investigate Reports Of Discrimination Against Unemployed

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Federal officials are concerned about reports that some companies are trying to exclude the unemployed from applying for job openings.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is checking into reports that some unemployed people are being rejected when positions are available. Investigators are looking in to how widespread it maybe and if federal job discrimination laws are being violated.

John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, says this need to be looked at more closely.

“Obviously, the unemployed are made up of a higher percentages of minorities are unemployed,  so there’s a sort of an indirect way of discriminating against minorities. But it’s also discriminating against people in general who need a job and they perfectly deserving of a job and most of them worked their whole lives and got caught up in this crazy economy.”

Dodds says he doesn’t know firsthand if the alleged discrimination is a trend but says if it is, anything that can be done to alleviate it is important.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

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