Monster.com: Ban Job Listings that Discriminate Against the Unemployed
  • Petitioned Kathy Paladino

This petition was delivered to:

SVP, North American Sales, Monster.com
Kathy Paladino
Spokeswoman, Monster.com
Emily McKittrick
VP, Public Relations, Monster.com
Matthew Henson

Monster.com: Ban Job Listings that Discriminate Against the Unemployed

    1. Kelly Wiedemer
    2. Petition by

      Kelly Wiedemer

      Westminster, CO

I'm one of the original 99ers. Before losing my job amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, I was living the American Dream. I paid for my own college education, working full-time while attending night classes at Metropolitan State College of Denver. I bought my own home. And I had a great job as a business analyst. 

That was then. In 2008, as the stock market crashed and companies were panicking, I became one of the millions of Americans laid-off and seeking employment.

As an experienced business analyst, I routinely used sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder to look for job opportunities. Gradually, however, it dawned on me that my status as an unemployed person was a serious problem. One agency rep told me after an interview, "I'll recommend you to the hiring manager but your employment gap is going to be a hard sell." 

This is happening everywhere. Many employers are discriminating against the jobless by prohibiting us from even applying for open positions. And they're using sites like Monster.com to do it.

The National Employment Law Project recently conducted a review of job listings on Monster.com and CareerBuilder and found 150 ads that included exclusions based on current employment status.

Employers shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against the unemployed. Sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com can do their part by banning these kinds of discrimatory employment ads from their networks. 

This type of ad is already illegal in New Jersey, and there’s legislation pending in Congress that would do the same nationwide. Let's force companies to end this practice.

Sign the petition below asking major employment websites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com to refuse ads from companies that prohibit the unemployed from applying.

The solution is simple - major job sites like Monster.com can just say "no" to discriminating against the unemployed. By preventing these ads from running on their job networks, they'll help end this practice by employers. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. American Jobs Act would prohibit discrimination against the unemployed!

      Kelly Wiedemer
      Petition Organiser

      President Obama has now acknowledged - and put a provision in his jobs plan that would prohibit employers and recruiters from discriminating / placing ads that explicitly eliminate anyone who is currently unemployed from being considered.

    3. More News Coverage of Monster.com and Unemployment Discrimination

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      This issue continues to receive tons of news coverage - including interviews with petition creator Kelly Wiedemer - about Monster.com and Careerbuilder's refusal to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed.

    4. Indeed.com Responds to Campaign, Blocks Ads

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      Major jobs search engine Indeed.com provided us with a statement that they've blocked ads that discriminate against the unemployed from appearing on the site.

    5. Jobs Site Blocks Ads that Discriminate Against the Unemployed

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      This is what momentum looks like. Indeed.com - one of the largest job sites in the world - has decided to block ads that discriminate against the unemployed from appearing on its website. This follows a statement by President Obama on Tuesday that...

    6. President Obama Announces Support for Legislation

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      President Obama said today that hiring discrimination against the jobless "makes absolutely no sense" and that he supports legislation ending this practice. This is huge! Let's continue calling on job sites to ban these ads now.

    7. Reached 75,000 signatures
    8. Monster.com Accused of Discriminating Against the Unemployed

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      The recession is behind us, companies are now hiring by the thousands. Questions remain: Who are they hiring; and who are they eliminating from the hiring process by the act of discrimination?

    9. Reached 50,000 signatures
    10. Incredible! 10,000 signatures reached

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organiser

      More than 10,000 people have added their name! Simply incredible. Keep the momentum going by sharing Kelly's petition with friends and family and posting it on Facebook.

    11. Reached 10,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Deirdre Stoker LA CROSSE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      What a load of crap to discriminate against a person who doesn't have a job. If you want to work and are willing and qualified, end of story.

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    • Genevieve Thiel SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I know more people with "employment gaps" than not these days. How are people supposed to get back to work if places won't consider them because they were laid off due to a crappy economy?!

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    • robert cea RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      If corporate leaders knew what they were doing we would not have had this major economic crash. When corporations will not rotate people in and out of the unemployment roles, by refusing to consider the unemployed, a permanent underclass will be created supported by my tax dollars! Corporations outsmart themselves by developing policies that seemingly benefit them, but because they suppress the entire economy thereby suppressing their own profits. It may be their right to do so but it's also my right to boycott Monster.com. Corporations are entities given privileges by the people of the state of their corporation as well as the federal government that include limited liability and in return must be responsible to those people. Part of the economic problem is the refusal to retrain workers at their expense. Yet this works so well in Germany where they put a lot of effort into apprenticeship. It is the German economy that is keeping the European union afloat. There is a lesson there for those capable of learning.

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    • Sue Batterson ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      I can only reiterate all the good comments by others. It is not only discrimanatory it is bad business for the firms who will not consider the unemployed. I would not do business with a firm that I was aware followed this policy. A firm that follows this policy has no idea of the talent they may be passing over.

      It's a short sighted business practice. The only way you really know anything at all about someone is to meet them and talk to them. Hiring some one is like marrying some one you barely know. I would rather take a risk on someone I know wants and appreciates the job because they need it than some one who is willing to job hop to the next employer who waves a little more money at them.

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    • Peter Egan Jr COVINGTON, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm for just about anything that helps get people off of food stamps, unemployment and other government (taxpayer) funded benefits.

      The unemployed who are actively seeking jobs should not be excluded from doing so based solely upon their current employment status.

      These are the folks that government programs are DESIGNED to help. Those who put off looking for a job (or simply don't bother in the first place) so that they can instead use their time to camp out in a public park near city hall are the ones whose benefits should be revoked.

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