Democrats: Don’t discriminate against unemployed

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Democrats: Don’t discriminate against unemployed

CNN – A group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to a big job-hunting website this week, asking the company to quit running help-wanted ads from companies that bar the unemployed from applying for jobs.

Lawmakers said they’ve seen several examples of employers advertising jobs on CareerBuilder.com that say applicants “must be currently employed” to apply.

“It is unreasonable and unfair to assume struggling Americans lost their job because of their work ethic or performance when so many businesses are struggling from financial hardship,” according to the letter sent Tuesday by Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

CareerBuilder spokeswoman Jennifer Sullivan Grasz said Wednesday that the company received the letter and that it encourages employers to consider “applicants of all backgrounds.” But the company’s statement stopped short of saying CareerBuilder would consider the lawmakers’ call to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed.

The letter is just the latest in a new push, primarily by Democrats and advocacy groups like the NAACP, to put an end to discrimination against the 14 million workers who are currently unemployed.

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