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Feds Investigate Reports Of Discrimination Against Unemployed

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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  • donna toner

    There are not enough jobs in this area of the country face facts. Businesses do not want to pay the extremely high taxes passed on from the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania, do not look for jobs, you will not find what you are looking for here

  • L

    I work at the unemployment office. It is NOT minorities who are the largest part of the unemployed. Minorities are able to get jobs quicker because they are taking the minimum wage jobs, the cleaning and food processing jobs. The whites don’t feel they should take jobs paying less than they made before, so they’re the ones running through all 99 weeks of UC benefits. One man was insulted when I told him , yes, if McDonalds is all you fan find right now, take it.

    And for the record, I’m white. And I worked at McDonalds and Burger King for several years and paid a mortgage with those wages. I also kept a retail job during a lay off at the office. I also got the job with UC when I was 50, so age has no bearing on the subject. It all depends on if you’re willing to do what it takes and get A job. Maybe not your dream job, maybe lower paying than you had before, but you’d be working.

  • Guess Who

    If you are unemployed, over 50 and your job has been outsourced to China, no employer wants to look at you, as if it’s somehow your fault you’re unemployed.

  • Sam

    Oh, C’mon. This is such a smoke screen. Of course the EEOC knows this is happening. There are easy to find job listings online and in the newspaper that explicitly state “unemployed need not apply.” This is just a play to quiet the populous. Nothing will come of it.

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