Since becoming the Detroit Free Press' recruiter in 1990, my work and the journalism industry have changed in unexpected ways. The transformation is rapid. One benefit is that I now learn from and help other Gannett recruiters. NewsRecruiter.com is a hub site that helps keep everything organized. It tells you what I am up to, it links to my latest work and it is a test site for new projects. My best ideas have always come from you, so please write.
ABC News has posted a piece about maternal profiling -- the practice by some employers of asking whether female job candidates have children. Several have said that as soon as that information was out in the open, their employment prospects plummeted.
Twenty-two states and Puerto Rico forbid questions about parenthood, but other states allow it, sometimes with the proviso that it be asked of male and female candidates alike. While it is legal in some states to ask about marital or family status, it is not legal to discriminate on the basis of those factors.
The ABC News article interviewed women who felt they lost job opportunities when their status came to light, but it said that proving that can be difficult.
Coverage by ABC News is no doubt welcome by Kiki Peppard, who has been lobbying for stronger anti-profiling laws and who has been critical of the mainstream media for not taking up the issue.
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