Apparently some employers are mentioning in their ads that those who have been out of work a long time need not apply, and of course some want to make that illegal.
Its like a lot of things you are not allowed to mention in an advertisement. For instance, if I am looking for a female bartender, most media would not allow an ad saying so. I would have to receive all the applications from people I have no intention of hiring and then reject them.
The reality is employers feel those out of work a long time may be that way for a reason. The NY Times reports the average time out of work for the laid off is nine months.
My advice is if an ad says only the recently unemployed apply....go ahead and apply anyway, if you want the job. A key to getting hired is being hungry and aggressive.
Passing another law on the phrasing of ads is not the answer.
Many good people out of a job for an extended period deserve a break and employers should be willing to consider them. That's a matter of decency, not a matter of law.
Watertown Daily Times Out of work for months? Don’t bother applying