EEOC Poised To Crack Down On Bias Against Jobless

Law360, New York (February 28, 2011, 2:29 PM EST) -- A recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission public meeting examining the treatment of unemployed job seekers serves as a warning to employers that those who shun out-of-work applicants could face a discrimination action by the agency, lawyers say.

The Feb. 16 meeting, which underscored the EEOC's heightened scrutiny of all pre-employment screening practices, could signal the agency's preparedness to use federal discrimination laws against companies that routinely pass over unemployed job candidates, according to employment attorneys.

Unemployed people are not a protected class under Title VII...
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