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By Roberta Downing, PhD
On June 9, 2014, The Public Interest Governance Relations Office in cooperation with U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will participate in a Congressional lunch briefing entitled, Discrimination against the Unemployed and its impacts on individuals and families.
Research illustrates the various ways that the long-term unemployed are discriminated against in hiring, which makes it that much harder for jobless workers to find work. With the unemployment rate remaining above 6 percent (with 9.8 million people unemployed), and over a third of jobless workers unemployed for six months or longer, we must examine the far-reaching consequences of unemployment. Join us to learn about the latest research on discrimination in hiring, as well as the psychological impact of long-term unemployment on individuals, children, families and communities.
Speakers will include:
- Wendy R. Williams, PhD, associate professor of psychology and women’s studies, Berea College in Berea, Ky., will discuss the psychological processes involved in discriminatory practices.
- David L. Blustein, PhD, professor of counseling psychology, Boston College, will discuss the psychological impact of long-term unemployment on individuals, families and communities.
- Lettice Brown of Fort Washington, Md., will discuss her experience with long-term unemployment.
- Roberta Downing, PhD, American Psychological Association will serve as moderator.
For more information on the Public Interest Government Relations Office, visit their website.