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Monster.com Allowing Discrimination In Hiring

08-17-2011 by Linda S. Carbonell

The job search site Monster.com has been allowing potential employers to bar anyone who is currently unemployed from filing an application. This is part of an appalling national trend where those protected “job creators” are turning away anyone not currently employed.

Kelly Wiedemer, who has been unemployed since 2008, has started a petition drive to demand that Monster.com ban these ads as discriminatory. To join her protest, please go to Change.org for the link to Kelly’s petition.

It is grossly unfair that any company refuses to take applications from potentially well-qualified applicants who have been unemployed through no fault of their own. The unemployed should be the ones receiving preferential treatment instead of those who just want to change jobs. It doesn’t help the economy for people to just be shuffled around from job to job instead of opportunities being opened up for those who really need them. Please let Monster.com know how you feel about this.

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4 Responses to Monster.com Allowing Discrimination In Hiring

  1. Jason C.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Meh – if a company doesn’t want to hire a currently unemployed person, they’ll find a reason during the hiring process. Why do you want to force them to waste your time and theirs, as well as valuable resources?

    A more worthy petition would be one to clear Monster.com of fake posts from recruiters for jobs that don’t exist.

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  3. s. grimm

    August 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Today I received a request to sign a petition from Change.org against Monster.com because I quote “employers are allowed to prevent anyone who is currently unemployed from applying for a job.” As an employer who uses Monster, I know they do not discriminate and there is no ability to restrict the unemployed from posting their resume to any company or appearing in my candidate searches. If a company posts something like that it, is ridiculous, however we do not need more restrictions to our freedom of speech. Already it is illegal for us to post “U.S. citizens only even when we cannot afford processing of H1B Visas”. What will be next – restrictions to post number of years required or kind of degree required?

  4. adamas

    August 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    The link to Change.org isn’t there.