Unemployment In The Workplace

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Throughout the semester, we have examined various structural features of our capitalist society and environmental pressures on government policies that contribute to rising unemployment levels. When many Americans see the word “unemployment” on the front paper of The Wall Street Journal, they often picture blue-collar factory workers in the Rust Belt losing their jobs to cheap sweatshop labor in Southeast Asia. While these images might reflect reality in some manufacturing towns (particularly in the 2000s), we often neglect to consider marginalized groups (such as LBGTQ employees) who face additional threats of unemployment due to societal factors such as hiring discrimination based on gender stereotypes. Not only do these individual and their families experience the common economic impacts of unemployment, they are also forced to cope with the additional psychological scars that arises from unfair hiring practice and their continued exclusion in the workplace. One renounced expert on LGBTQ employment issues is Prof. Arthur Leonard, a graduate of the ILR School and Harvard Law School. In his guest lecture at Cornell Law School, Prof. Leonard provides a historical overview of how discrimination and other societal barriers serve a cause of unemployment for LGBTQ workers (especially hiring bias and the inability to participate in the workplace) and the impact of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in combating those unfair labor practices. In addition to gaining a
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