Posted by: maboulette | September 28, 2011


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We have a jobs crisis in this country that has kicked millions of Americans out of work through no fault of their own. But that hasn’t stopped job listing websites like and from allowing “help wanted” ads that tell unemployed people they won’t be considered for the job.

There’s something fundamentally unfair and perverse about telling unemployed people they can’t apply for a job simply because they don’t have one already.

New Jersey has already outlawed this type of discrimination against the jobless and a bill has been introduced in Congress to follow suit. But whether or not it’s still technically legal, it’s still just plain wrong. And the major job listing sites shouldn’t be a party to it.

Tell, and other job listing sites to stop allowing discrimination against the unemployed. Click here to automatically sign our petition.

A recent article in the New York Times showed that this type of discrimination is rampant.1 But if the big job sites refuse to run these discriminatory ads, it would go a long way towards ending this unfair practice.

We know that the job sites are susceptible to public pressure, so it’s vital that we all speak out.

After our friends at TrueMajority/USAction launched this campaign, sent them a cease and desist letter.2 Our friends responded:

“USAction will not ‘cease and desist’ telling the world about hiring discrimination against the unemployed, about companies that engage in this practice, and about online job posting firms that enable it. And that includes, who should simply refuse ads from employers who openly discriminate against the unemployed.”

We’re proud to join them and turn the heat up on and other job listing site, and take a stand for the millions of Americans who don’t have a job. We hope you’ll join us.

Tell, and other job listing sites not to allow discrimination against the unemployed. Click here to automatically sign our petition.

Thank you for speaking out.



  1. I know firsthand that it is almost impossible to get a job when you do not have a job. It doesn’t matter if you have the education. It doesn’t matter if you have experience. This issue is compounded when you are older. I have been told that I am “overqualified” for jobs where teens have been hired, only to not show up to work after a night of partying. No one seems to value maturity and dependability anymore. It is a sad thing. I don’t begrudge teens jobs, but I do resent not even being considered for a job because I don’t currently have one or because of my age. Guess the over 35 years that I worked and showed up for work even when I wasn’t feeling 100% count for nothing in today’s job market. No one cares that I was willing to go above and beyond to get the job done. There are many of us caught in the jobless crunch! So sad!

    • Same here – so I added on my resume that I was currently doing freelance writing for a medical website – I don’t know if that has helped any. I have been unemployed for almost 2 years and have only had 3 interviews. So I like you am fighting age discrimination – the government is aware of this situation and that is why Obama is wanting to give employers a $4000 bonus or tax credit when hiring anyone unemployed for 6 months are more.

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