A new potential form of discrimination has recently come to the attention of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): discrimination against people who are unemployed. While the unemployed as a class are not protected by the EEOC, the people who make up the group could belong to a protected race or gender. Refusing to hire someone who has been unemployed could have a disparate impact on certain protected groups of people.
When recruiting for open positions, blanket policies against hiring individuals who are unemployed should be reviewed, as individuals who are unemployed could be members of a minority group. It is always important to review overall skills and qualifications to find the candidate who will be the right fit for your organization. Please contact Nextep's HR Department at email@example.com or 888-811-5150 with questions regarding lawful hiring practices.
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