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Employers Rejecting Unemployed Job Applicants, U.S. Agency Told

Employers are screening out job applicants who are unemployed, a practice that may lead to discrimination against women and minorities, worker advocates told a U.S. agency today.

Some companies don’t specifically have a policy to exclude the unemployed and may informally use employment status in hiring, the advocates told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal anti-discrimination laws.