Job seekers are still struggling in today’s economy. It can be especially difficult for people to find a job if they have been out of work for months or in some cases, years. Potential employers may see a long gap on a resume and be fearful of hiring that particular individual.

Many job hunters wonder whether it is illegal to discriminate against them solely because they have been out of work for a while. After all, it’s illegal to discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, religion, gender, and other factors. Across the country, over one in three unemployed workers has been searching for a job for at least six months. However, many ads seeking employees specify that the candidates have to be currently employed in order to qualify for the position.

In California it is currently not illegal for potential employers to discriminate against the long-term unemployed when making hiring decisions. Last year, Governor Brown vetoed an unemployment discrimination law, stating that he wasn’t happy with some changes that had been made to it. Currently, three states and Washington, D.C. have some type of law prohibiting discrimination against the long-term unemployed. In addition, 15 other states have considered similar laws but have not passed them.

At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes potential employees should not have to battle discrimination of any kind during the hiring process. If you believe you have been unfairly denied a job opportunity because of your race, gender, age, religion, pregnancy, national origin, or disability, call Micha Star Liberty, Oakland employment discrimination attorney, at 415-896-1000. She helps clients throughout the San Francisco area, including Oakland, Fairfield, Tracy, Hayward, and San Francisco.



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