Being out of work is bad. But what if you were looking for a job and couldn’t get one because you are unemployed?

Practices of excluding the unemployed from job opportunities have increased. This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the practice especially hurts older workers, minorities and workers facing high levels of long-term unemployment. The EEOC started receiving wide spread reports of systematic exclusion of unemployed workers from job consideration last summer.

Some job hunters are coming across advertisements that specify that only employed applicants would be considered for positions; no unemployed applicants would be considered regardless of the reason for unemployment; or if an applicant who has been out of work for a certain period of time could apply for a position.

Some fear union members looking for work to help support their families could also be unfairly discriminated against.

What are your thoughts about unemployed people not getting an opportunity to work because they don’t have a job?