September 1st, 2011 09:59 EST
President Obama Pledges Support for Campaign Against Discriminatory Job Ads
President Obama has pledged his support for legislation that would prohibit job listings that discriminate against the unemployed after nearly 90,000 people from across the country joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on job sites like Monster.com and Careerbuilder to prohibit the practice.
In a statement on a radio talk show, the president said that discrimination against the unemployed makes absolutely no sense.
I know there`s legislation that I`m supportive of that says you cannot discriminate against folks because they`ve been unemployed, particularly when you`ve seen so many folks who, through no fault of their own, ended up being laid off because of the difficulty of this recession," the president added.
President Obama`s comments follow this week`s announcement by Indeed.com that the job site plans to block such adds in response to the explosive campaign on Change.org.
"Indeed.com strives to provide the best job search experience for job seekers," said Sophie Beaurpere, the company`s Director of Communications. Our policy is to exclude job listings that do not comply with federal or local laws related to discriminatory hiring practices as well as job listings that discriminate against the unemployed.
Kelly Wiedemer, an unemployed business analyst in Colorado, started the campaign on Change.org after learning that employers were posting job openings on sites like Indeed.com, Monster.com and Careerbuilder that excluded unemployed job-seekers from applying. A recent study by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found 150 ads on Monster.com, Careerbuilder and Indeed.com that discriminated against the unemployed.
"Unemployed job-seekers like myself are looking to job sites to take a stand against this harmful hiring practice," said unemployed petition creator Kelly Wiedemer. I applaud Indeed.com`s decision, and hope Monster.com and Careerbuilder will join them in banning these ads.
News of the online petition campaign`s success is likely to increase pressure on Monster.com and Careerbuilder to prohibit such ads from appearing on their sites. Within hours of the campaign`s launch earlier this month, Kelly had recruited thousands of supporters on Change.org, the world`s fastest growing platform for social change.
We`re thrilled that the Change.org platform has successfully connected people who care about the treatment of the unemployed with Indeed.com, a company that is clearly interested in responding to the needs of its users," said Jess Kutch, Director of Organizing at Change.org. This is hopefully the first step in a larger campaign to end discrimination by employers against the unemployed."
The campaign on Change.org has been covered by news outlets across the country, including the Boston Herald, where Monster.com was founded.
Live signature totals from the Kelly Wiedemer`s campaign:
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