First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who visited Friday's post, "Unemployed Will Not Be Considered" Boycott!, and helped to spread the message. But in order for this boycott to be effective, we need to keep re-posting, emailing and publicizing this message. I realize that it will take some time to highlight these companies that use the atrocious practice of not hiring the unemployed. So remember to post any employment ads you find with this 'requirement' in the comments below, along with the link.
In the meantime, I am going to try to get more traction on the boycott by contacting a local radio station to get the message out. Please keep your fingers crossed. If you want to do the same thing, by all means, please do! Make sure to direct them to Friday's post as a starting point.
Remember, our message must be heard: Any company that insists on not hiring the unemployed will not see a penny from us!
With that said, let us now focus our attention on companies who have shown unacceptable corporate citizenship by not hiring unemployed workers.
In the HuffingtonPost article, Laura Bassett reported:
In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."
In a nearly identical job posting for the same position on the Benchmark Electronics website, the red print is missing. But a human resources representative for the company confirmed to HuffPost that the The People Place ad accurately reflects the company's recruitment policies.
Interestingly enough, Benchmark Electronics' own Code of Conduct seems to refute the above HR representative's statement.
The success of Benchmark’s business is dependent on the trust and confidence it earns from its employees, customers and shareholders. Benchmark gains credibility by adhering to its commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching company goals solely through honorable conduct. It is easy to say what the company must do, but the proof is in the actions.
This Policy applies to employees, officers and directors of Benchmark and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Management has the added responsibility for demonstrating, through their actions, the importance of this Policy. In any business, ethical behavior does not simply happen; it is the product of clear and direct communication of behavioral expectations, modeled from the top and demonstrated by example. To make this Policy work, managers must be responsible for promptly addressing ethical questions or concerns raised by employees and for taking the appropriate steps to deal with such issues.