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Tell Monster to Stop Enabling Employer Discrimination

fuckyeahfeminists:

Got this in an email today

It’s hard enough to be unemployed — but there’s a growing problem with companies that refuse to hire people who don’t already have a job. With unemployment at 9%, this kind of discrimination affects a huge number of people. And it hits Black communities particularly hard, as more than 15% of African Americans are unemployed.1

Our friends at USAction launched a campaign asking job listing websites like Monster.com to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed.2 But not only did Monster.com refuse to ban these ads — they actually threatened legal action against USAction for raising the issue.3 Other job listing websites have been completely silent. It’s outrageous.

Monster.com needs to hear our voices now. Please join us in calling on Monster.com and other job listing websites to stop publishing ads which discriminate against the unemployed. It takes just a moment:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/monster

At a time when more than 9% of Americans are out of work, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, no one should have to have a job in order to get a job. This type of discrimination hurts everyone who’s looking for work. But Black people are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as White folks. And Latinos are also unemployed at a higher rate than Whites.4Whether it’s intended or not, discrimination against the unemployed is discrimination against Black and Latino Americans.

Democrats in the House and Senate are crafting legislation that would make this kind of discrimination illegal. We’ll keep an eye on that legislation and let you know how you can help get it passed.

But right now, without any law to prevent discrimination against the unemployed, job listing websites could do more than anyone else to stop this practice. These companies are supposed to be in the business of helping people find jobs. But by continuing to publish help wanted ads that say “you must be currently employed to apply,” they’re enabling a practice which makes it even harder to recover for the people who are struggling the hardest in this economy.

Monster.com has said that they’re against discrimination against the unemployed5 — but they’re refusing to stop publishing these ads, saying that they’ll leave it up to individual companies to decide what to do.6Monster.com wants to have it both ways — they think they can pay lip service to opposing this practice, while continuing to make money off of the companies that engage in it. It’s selfish and irresponsible.

We can help by joining the more than 60,000 people who have already called for Monster.com and other job listing sites to stop discrimination against the unemployed. If enough of us speak out, we can create negative media attention that will make easier for Monster.com to do the right thing than to continue profiting from job listings that discriminate.

Please join us in demanding that Monster.com and other job listing companies stop publishing ads that discriminate against the unemployed:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/monster

Thanks and Peace,

— Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   August 25th, 2011

Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU—your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don’t share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:

http://www.colorofchange.org/donate

References

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release, 8-5-11 
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/946?akid=2131.1163185.YGDzid&t=7

2. “Stop Discrimination Against Unemployed Workers,” USAction
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/947?akid=2131.1163185.YGDzid&t=9

3. “Monster.com Says It Won’t Ban Third-Party Ads That Discourage Job Applications From The Unemployed,” Huffington Post, 8-12-11 
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/948?akid=2131.1163185.YGDzid&t=11

4. See reference 1.

5. “Updated: Monster Speaks Out Against Employment Discrimination,” 8-8-11 
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/949?akid=2131.1163185.YGDzid&t=13

6. See reference 3.

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whynotshesaid:

baseballchica03:

thenewrepublic:

Adam Smith, the intellectual father of capitalism
canisfamiliaris:

The father of free-market capitalism speaks.


But this is just like the Bible, people. The Right will pick and choose the things they want to listen to and scrap the rest. “Love thy neighbor,” and “contribute to the public expense” are out the window in favor of things that suit them better.

Adam Smith was a communist.
Oh, wait.

whynotshesaid:

baseballchica03:

thenewrepublic:

Adam Smith, the intellectual father of capitalism

canisfamiliaris:

The father of free-market capitalism speaks.

But this is just like the Bible, people. The Right will pick and choose the things they want to listen to and scrap the rest. “Love thy neighbor,” and “contribute to the public expense” are out the window in favor of things that suit them better.

Adam Smith was a communist.

Oh, wait.

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Mitt Romney, a privileged white man worth a quarter of a billion dollars who has sheltered his money from taxes in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, and who never misses a square meal, stooped to a new obscene low in blaming the victim on Monday by slamming the Palestinians for not being richer. Palestinian politician Saeb Erekat characterized Romney’s remarks as “racist,” but even that was charitable. Romney didn’t mention a little thing like US direct aid to Israel of over $100 billion and indirect aid to the tune of tens or hundreds of billions more.

It is telling that Romney has no idea the economic straits to which the Palestinians have been reduced by right wing Israeli policies toward them. (A majority of Israelis favors withdrawal from most of the West Bank if a peace settlement were reached with the Palestinians; Over a third would even evacuate large settlement blocs like Ariel. But the right wing wants all of the West Bank as Israeli territory, though they can’t figure out what to do with the 2.5 million Palestinians to whom it belongs; or rather, they can’t say openly what their ultimate resolution would be).

Juan Cole, Dear Mr. Romney: Palestinians are Poor Because You Stole from them and Kept them Stateless (via socialuprooting)

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fuckyeahfeminists:

otpglobal:

Wal-Mart workers have launched historic labor protests and strikes across 28 stores in 12 states, the first retail worker strike in the company’s 50-year history.

According to organizers, employees are protesting company attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.”

Josh Eidelson, a contributing writer for Salon and In These Times broke the story of the Wal-Mart store strikes last week.

Also:Walmart’s Black Friday Ultimatumhttp://www.salon.com/2012/10/10/walmart_strikers_raise_the_stakes_with_black_friday_ultimatum/ and http://www.salon.com/writer/josh_eidelson/

Fuck yeah, Wal-mart employees! Let’s get some economic justice up in hurr. I am fucking poor, but if increasing your shit by a FEW CENTS means people getting paid well…well SO BE IT! Tack on that extra 5 bucks on my soap.

(Source: youtube.com)

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