According to a report in the New York Times, President Obama thinks he may have figured out a way to create jobs, since everything else he has tried has failed, including his $800B stimulus.
The president has a jobs bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against job applicants because they are unemployed, especially those who have been out of work for a long time.
Under the proposal, it would be “an unlawful employment practice” if a business with 15 or more employees refused to hire a person “because of the individual’s status as unemployed.”
Unsuccessful job applicants could sue and recover damages for violations, just as when an employer discriminates on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, said the president’s proposal would, in effect, establish the unemployed as a new “protected class.”
Mr. Gohmert said the proposal, if passed, would encourage litigation by sending a message to millions of Americans: “If you’re unemployed and you go to apply for a job, and you’re not hired for that job, see a lawyer. You may be able to file a claim because you got discriminated against because you were unemployed.”
Trial lawyers will simply love the president’s new jobs bill, because they will now be able to sue corporations that do not provide jobs to the unemployed who are interviewed by the corporation, then negotiate a settlement, whether valid grounds exist or not.
See, the government can create job opportunities under Obama.
The president’s bill has already inspired the New York City Council to pass a bill that prohibits employers from considering the employment status of prospective employees when making a hiring decision.
The bill would also put an end to job ads that say applicants must be currently employed. Under this measure, New York would be the first city in the country providing people with the opportunity to sue on the basis of unemployment discrimination.
Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to veto this bill but the city council approved the bill with a 44 to 4 majority, more than enough to override any veto. This could be the beginning of the end of the free enterprise system in this country, if it hasn’t already started under this president.