Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, went to the House floor last Tuesday and broke down parts of President Barack Obama’s jobs bill. One particular section Rep. Gohmert highlighted was the “prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed.” The bill goes into what is considered discrimination here.
“We are adding in this bill a new protected class called ‘unemployed.’ Titled on page 129 prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed and it says right here in the findings, ‘…that we find the denial of unemployment opportunities to individuals because of their status as unemployed is discriminatory and burdens commerce,’” Congressman Gohmert said.
“So the good news is if you’re unemployed and you go and 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.”
The Texas Congressman proposed his own competing jobs bill, calling it American Jobs Act of 2011. The bill, compared to the president’s 155 page job’s bill, is only two pages.