Job fair goes virtual to help local men get set up for success to enter or return to the workplace

Posted at 8:38 AM, Sep 05, 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic has left thousands without work, causing people to scramble to make ends meet. As of Thursday, September 4th, the week of from Sunday, August 30 - Thursday, September 4, a total of 10,840 Wisconsinites applied for unemployment for the first time, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. This compared to 3,007 over the same stretch of days during 2019. This as Republicans and Democrats remain at odds over a possible second Coronavirus Relief Package.

Local leaders are doing their part to help fill in the gaps by providing resources to help Wisconsinites get back to work. ManpowerGroup and United Way have partnered once again for their 5th annual men's job seminar. This year the event will be virtual, happening on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The goal of the seminar this year is to help local men boost their skills, find a job, explore career options and more. This will be done through a series of workshops:

  • Working as a Black Male in Corporate America
  • Personal Branding
  • Resume Building
  • Interview Role Play
  • Keynote speaker to focus on Mental Health with R Kweku Akyirefi Smith, a licensed Psychologist.

This year, features a special guest speaker, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, and Motivational Speaker Donald Driver.

Attendees can choose to attend the entire event or simply attend one of their choosing.

The event is free. Sign up here.

Other Information:
If you are someone who is out of work and would like to file for unemployment benefits click here.

Today, "Despite more than five decades of federal legislation in the United States designed to protect workers against discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967), and disability (Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), workplace discrimination remains a pervasive problem." according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NLM/NIH). According to the NLM and NIH more than 80,000 workplace discrimination charges were filed in 2017, which allegedly resulted in nearly $400 million in compensation to victims. Anyone can file a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Read more about this date here.

If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace click here.

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