Most Americans Believe Unemployed Should Receive Protection From Discrimination

UTICA, N.Y. – Three out of five adults believe that businesses should not be able to advertise that they will only consider candidates who are already employed when they are looking hire new workers, according to a new IBOPE Zogby poll.

A strong majority of Democrats (83 percent) and a plurality of independents (47 percent) believe that the practice should be considered illegal job discrimination. By a slight margin – 45 percent to 42 percent – Republicans disagree.


Earlier this year, New Jersey passed a law prohibiting businesses from excluding unemployed individuals when posting job advertisements. However, the law does not actually require employers to consider jobless candidates for positions.

IBOPE Zogby International conducted an online survey of 2,097 U.S. adults from Sept. 2-5.

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