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Jobless need a fair shake, not the cold shoulder

October 17, 2011

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I’D LIKE to share an experience I had a job fair in Roxbury recently, which I think highlights today’s economic climate, and how ignorant some companies are.

While I was speaking with a recruiter at a table, a woman in her 40s or 50s at the table next to me got told by a company representative, “you have been unemployed for too long to be considered for employment.” I ran into this woman on my way out and told her what I heard, and she gave me her life story: she’d been out of work for two years and had lost basically everything.

If we as a country are to get out of this unemployment crisis, how can companies deny the unemployed jobs based on their status as unemployed?

The reality is that there are thousands, if not millions, of people who have been out of work for months or years by no fault of their own. Employers can’t bury their heads in the sand and pretend this problem doesn’t exist or will somehow disappear on its own. This is a cruel and abusive practice that needs to end for the sake of the country.

Cathryn Buonocore