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We Have Too Many Anti-Discrimination Laws On the Books These Days - Now It's Hurting Jobs

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 240

It seems that employers just can't catch a break, as there are so many rules for employment, which come under the classification as discriminatory practices, that it's getting a bit unnerving. Perhaps, you've heard the latest one, that if someone has a blank spot in their resume or they've been unemployed for a longer than normal duration, then you can't hold that against them, or use that as a way to weed out undesirables, or shorten the stack of resumes you've received. Personally, as an employer formerly before retirement, I don't see why we need a law for that.

It seems over the years we've taken these discriminatory employment laws to the level of absurdity. I can recall not long ago talking to an employment lawyer who defended corporations against wrongful terminations and employment discrimination suits. She indicated to me that at one point someone had sued one of the companies she represented, claiming that the individual was fired because they were obese and overweight. The employer eventually won the case, as it was a frivolous lawsuit, but it costs money to defend these kinds of cases, lots of money, and it takes up time.

If we keep burdening our employers with all these rules and regulations, and increase the case laws to the point where no one really knows what to do, it puts a quelling and chilling effect on employment in this great nation, and if we really wish to get everyone back to work, then companies and corporations should use whatever method they choose to hire whomever they want. Now then, let me take that previous example and really blow your mind.

Not more than a couple of years after the first lawsuit, this employment attorney defended another company in the same state, against a former employee who claimed that they were fired because they were too skinny, and good-looking, and that their manager or supervisor felt threatened - basically because they had too much energy, and were supposedly a hard worker. Anyone who's ever been an employer knows that is garbage, because if you have a hard-working employee, all you want to do is keep them working, you don't want to fire them for their increased productivity.

Nevertheless, that was another lawsuit which was brought, and it cost the company a lot of money to defend it. Yes, they won that lawsuit too, and it was also frivolous. However these anti-discriminatory laws, rules, and regulations can cut both ways, and those attorneys who sue corporations on behalf of the employees are always looking for new niches, and ways to sue the deep pockets of America's greatest corporations. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Corporate Business Topics. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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