H.R.2501 - Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011

To prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Official: To prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment. as introduced.

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  • kevinwhite 07/21/2011 12:50pm

    Being unemployed is not a physical characteristic such as race, age or sex, that someone has no control over. It is a status. Employers need to retain the right to determine who they hire. If an applicant has been unemployed for a couple of years and has a sketchy employment record, an employer should be able to take that into consideration in deciding whether or not to hire that person.

  • Leonardhbrown 07/27/2011 12:59pm

    I fully agree. The only predictor that potential employers have of how a person will perform is their job history. If they have a history of poor performance, and as a result, unemployment, that could be a red flag that this person is not employable.

    The better solution for this issue is to work hard at the job you have, so they do not fire you, and you do not spend significant lengths of time unemployed. Bear in mind that this comment comes from a person that has had two lengthy bouts with unemployment. I’m not speaking out of turn, I’ve been there. I drug myself out of that hole with hard work that anyone with the will to do so can also do.

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    nancym 08/18/2011 9:42pm


    I have to assume that you’ve either a) been living in a cave since 2008, or b) been so busy working overtime at your job to make up for all those who were laid off that you don’t seem to comprehend the purpose of this legislation.

    “If they have a history of poor performance, and as a result, unemployment” is NOT what this is about. In the past year or two, many recruiting agencies and corporations have actually put up job ads that say, blatantly, “MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED” in order for them even to look at your application. The legislation is to prohibit employers from refusing applications from those who are not currently employed!

    More than 20 million are currently unemployed or underemployed in this country, sinking deeper as time goes by without jobs. If all the existing jobs in the country were filled tomorrow, there would still be 15 million without a job and not even an opening left anywhere for an application!


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    nancym 08/18/2011 9:43pm


    And now some jackass hiring managers or HR departments who want a quick filtering mechanism decide to hire only those who are already in better shape financially with their current jobs. Way to go, America!

    The majority of those now unemployed were laid off when their companies either out-sourced, got more automation, or closed their businesses in this country, they were not fired for incompetence. Geez, what does it take for some to get that through their thick skulls!

    And those who have been unemployed in the past are often the worst objectors, since you perceive those in this current recession as somehow weaker than yourself. I will tell you that I also was unemployed in the past, and am now working freelance. But I can also tell you that unless you lived during the Great Depression, you have absolutely no understanding of just how different this current recession is compared to any other since then. There is absolutely no comparison.

  • USACitizens1st 08/13/2011 3:07am

    The 2 posters above are being paid by the Corporations, or are trying to hide reality. There are job opportunities in the US, but not for all, only for some: if you have an H1-B visa or if you have many years of experience:

    However, there are not opportunities if you don’t have strong connections inside “the company”, you are a US citizen or legal resident, & meet 1 or more of the following:
    (Good luck finding a job in these cases)

    - you are a new graduate (If you want an internship most if not all companies require that you must be enrolled in a Master’s degree program)
    - you only have few years of experience.
    - you are a minority. (Black, Latino etc.)
    - you are in the Mid 30s/40s or older
    - you did not graduate from a Top Engineering school, especially (ie: MIT, Berkeley, Standford)

    All companies claim to have equal opportunity employment, but the reality is that most if not all should state the reality which is: We are NOT an Equal Opportunity Employer and do NOT value diversity.

  • USACitizens1st 08/13/2011 3:20am

    PART #1: The current reality of the job market in the USA:

    LINK1: Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsors -2011 Report

    Rank H1B Visa Sponsor H1B Visa Petitions Average Salary
    1 Microsoft 2,505 $96,497
    2 IBM 1,263 $80,908
    11 Intel 404 $95,714
    14 Oracle 376 $104,080
    16 Google 355 $103,129
    17 Hewlett Packard 340 $99,344
    21 Yahoo 308 $105,112
    26 Amazon com 255 $99,459
    27 Motorola 249 $95,861
    45 Apple 175 $110,987
    47 Cisco Systems 169 $117,662
    84 SAP America 102 $105,498
    91 PayPal 98 $105,008
    3 Facebook 86

    LINK2: 2011 H1B Visa Sponsor by Occupation

    LINK3: Twenty States With the Most Workplace Discrimination

    LINK4: How to Tell Whether Your Boss Plans to Replace You with an H1B Immigrant Worker

  • USACitizens1st 08/13/2011 3:35am
  • USACitizens1st 09/06/2011 1:11pm

    Obama plans of creating new jobs must include to take back all the jobs which were replaced by foreign workers who are still unemployed. He needs to address the misuse and fraud of foreign work visas such as: H1b, H2b, L1. Thanks to the US Govt which created these work visas: these US Jobs are given to foreign workers (most times unqualified) allowing US companies to hire this group of people instead of qualified US legal residents and citizens causing our unemployment rate to continue to increase on a daily basis! For creating infrastructure we have best brains and best educational centers and must utilize our work source
    If people want the economy to get better, people should vote for those who are really working for the interest of the American people & not for the lobbyist & corporations who import workers to fill jobs & outsource jobs & technology for greed: increase their profits no matter what gets in their way, keep shareholders happy, pay Top executives as much as possible..

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