(WASHINGTON) - Federal officials have begun a probe into concerns that some employers may be unfairly preventing the unemployed from applying for job openings.
Although there is no specific laws that protect the jobless, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said they will look into whether it is indeed a violation of job discrimination laws.
Concerns were raised after reports surfaced that some companies and recruiting firms had discouraged the unemployed from applying in job advertisements.
Chairman of the EEOC, Jacqueline Berrien, said at a hearing Wednesday that the commission will see what they can do to address the issue.
"We'll take a close look at what we heard and consider if there's anything we might need to do to clarify standards," she said.
The Labor Department says it is unclear how widespread the practice is.
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