Once again, sadly, this isn’t a story from The Onion.
Piling a larger burden on business while making lawyers salivate even more with a little class warfare thrown in for good measure? It’s what Obama does best:
President Obama has not been particularly successful in fostering the creation of jobs. But he thinks he has found a way to pry open doors in the workplace for many of the unemployed, especially those who have been out of work for a long time.
Under the proposal, it would be “an unlawful employment practice” if a business with 15 or more employees refused to hire a person “because of the individual’s status as unemployed.”
Unsuccessful job applicants could sue and recover damages for violations, just like when an employer discriminates on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Bring on the lawsuits from attorneys representing the unemployed!
Here’s the bonus idiocy: This could cause businesses to decide not to expand and hire rather than putting themselves through an interview process where they might have to turn down the long-term unemployed only to subsequently hear from their lawyers and spend the next two months filling out government paperwork explaining their hiring decision.
On the upside, in the unlikely event that the Jobs Bill passes, and on the even more remote chance that Obama wins a second term, at some point we’ll all be a protected class because nobody will be working. But at least the misery will be nice and fair — and who can argue with that?