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Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in Business, Economy | 16 comments

Is it unethical for employers to demand applicants be currently employed?

These reports that job openings are increasingly requiring applicants to be currently employed are depressing but at least somewhat rational.

For some industries, hiring talent is a buyer’s market and employers are likely being bombarded with hundreds of applications from people applying to every job that opens. If the government steps in and says you can’t hire based on these qualifications, what’s next? Will the government be able to step in and require that employers not demand prior experience for applicants because it discriminates against people who have been chronically unemployed?

Simon Owens is a PR consultant and journalist. You can read his blog, follow him on Twitter, or email him at [email protected]