In a recent sampling of online job ads that ran on CareerBuilder.com, Craigslist.com, Indeed.com and Monster.com, the non-profit advocacy group found more than 150 listings that excluded job-hunters based on their employment status. Most of the ads required that applicants for the positions already have work. The hiring companies, roughly half of which were staffing firms, included big, small and midsize businesses, and the jobs being filled included both blue- and white-collar positions at all levels. In other words, virtually anyone can fall into the trap.
Isn’t this an example of a discriminatory hiring practice? You would think so, but Sherter references an article in the New York Times that says:
Legal experts say that the practice probably does not violate discrimination laws because unemployment is not a protected status, like age or race.