Jobless face discrimination when seeking placements

April 4th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, April 4 (IANS) People out of work continue to face stigma and discrimination when looking for placements.

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and State University of New York found that the jobless face discrimination unrelated to their skills or circumstances of their previous jobs.

“We were surprised to find that…unemployed applicants were viewed as less competent, warm and hireable than employed individuals,” said Geoffrey Ho, doctoral student in human resources at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

“Job candidates, who said they voluntarily left a position, faced the same stigma as job candidates who said they had been laid off or terminated,” added Ho, according to a UCLA statement.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the psychological stigma of unemployment,” said Margaret Shih, study co-author and associate professor of human resources and organisational behaviour at UCLA Anderson.

“We found that individuals tend to make negative associations with those who are unemployed, which often leads to unfair discrimination,” Shih added.

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