Ending Discrimination against the Unemployed

Posted April 25, 2011
By Clay Cerny

Huffington Post reports thatNew Jersey has passed a law that makes it illegal for employers to post ads that prohibit applications from the unemployed.  Employers can be fined up to 5,000 for this offensive.  Who signed the law?  Scott Walker’s good buddy, Chris Christie (Isn’t he against such “nanny state” laws?).

This law might make some job seekers feel better, but it really doesn’t make much of a difference in the real world.  Employers can still screen out employees who are not currently employed if they choose.  Moreover, as I’ve written in the past, this controversy makes no sense.  If an employer can choose between equally qualified candidates who are employed and unemployed, they will choose the unemployed.  Why?  Because unemployed workers will usually take a lower starting wage.