A Rising Form of Discrimination, According to the BLS

While the unemployment rate has been hovering around 9 percent for months, the International Business Times reported on November 2, 2011, “the method for determining that number elides several factors that illustrate the breadth of labor market problems.” Some of those factors the Times mentions include the lack of a distinction between full-time and part-time workers as well as the number of people who have given up looking for work.

But the Times also mentions that the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks another subset of people who are “marginally attached to the labor force,” or people wanting a job and available to work but have not been employed in the last 12 months. Within that category are “discouraged workers”” who the Times said believe that they lack the proper qualifications or face some sort of employment discrimination. President Barack Obama has attempted to address this problem by including a provision in his American Jobs Act that would allow job seekers to sue for unemployment discrimination. Violators could face fines of up to $1,000 a day.

As the Times noted, the long-term unemployed face a “self-perpetuating problem” in that the longer they are out of work, the more their skills diminish and the challenge they face in winning over wary employers increases. If you have questions about how to prove discrimination, contact out office today to speak with our Los Angeles employment attorneys.

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