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Qualified workers, disqualified by their unemployment status.

By Roberta Downing, PhD

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauroOn 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. 

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