Inside Obama’s jobs bill is a law that would create a new protected class: the unemployed.
According to The Hill, a provision in the bill would make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person because they are not already employed.
This is troubling to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas):
“So if you’re unemployed, and you go to apply for a job and you’re not hired for that job, see a lawyer,” Gohmert said on the House floor. “You might be able to file a claim because you got discriminated against because you’re unemployed.”
He said this provision would only discourage companies from interviewing unemployed candidates, and would “help trial lawyers who are not having enough work,” since there are about 14 million unemployed Americans.
“That’s 14 million potential new clients that could go hire a lawyer and file a claim because they didn’t get hired even though they were unemployed,” he said.
Under the bill, companies saying they will not consider unemployed candidates could face a court order enjoining them from this practice, a fine of up to $1,000 per day or “reasonable attorney’s fees.” Other violations could lead to damages as high as $5,000.
This is another great example of Jim Quinn’s First Law:
QUINNs FIRST LAW: Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.
The idea here is to prevent the unemployed from being discriminated against because they are unemployed, but employers simply won’t call unemployed people for interviews, thus eliminating any opportunity for any unemployed candidates from suing them later.
It actually encourages employers to discriminate against the unemployed.
I wonder if this idea has anything to do with the fact that almost half of the people employed by the Stimulus were already employed.
Maybe they think they can just legislate their failures away.