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Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Discrimination Against the Unemployed

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Those who have been unemployed for a lengthy period may be at a disadvantage in the job market, making it even more difficult for them to find work. According to media reports, many help-wanted ads indicate the employer will only accept applications from the currently employed or recently unemployed. A number of states addressed the issue during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions.

New Jersey became the first state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against the unemployed, during their 2011 session.  Oregon passed a law in March 2012  and the District of Columbia passed a law in May 2012.  The California Legislature enacted a bill in September 2012 but it was vetoed by the Governor.  As of July 10, 2013, nine states have introduced bills during the 2013 legislative session.

 

2013 Legislation

As of July 10, 2013, nine states have introduced hiring discrimination bills during the 2013 legislative session.

FL S 72
Identical:
Title:
Summary:
Joyner (D)
FL H 561
Employment Discrimination Against the Unemployed
Relates to employment discrimination against the unemployed; creates the "Fair Employment Opportunity Act"; prohibits an employer from publishing in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium an advertisement or announcement for a job which States or indicates that an unemployed person is disqualified from consideration for the job.
05/03/2013 - In Senate. Died in committee.
FL H 561
Identical:
Title:
Summary:
Stafford (D)
FL S 72
Fair Employment Opportunity Act
Relates to employment discrimination against the unemployed; creates Fair Employment Opportunity Act; prohibits employer from refusing to consider or offer employment because person is or was unemployed; prohibits advertisement or announcement which states or indicates that unemployed person is disqualified; prohibits employer from directing or requesting employment agency to take person's status as unemployed into account.
05/03/2013 - In House. Died in committee.
HI H 54
Title:
Summary:
Takumi (D)
Employment Discrimination
Prohibits any employer or employment agency from publishing a job advertisement that States or suggests that an applicant for the job must be currently employed.
03/07/2013 Failed First Crossover Deadline - First Year of Biennium.
IA H 37
Title:
Summary:
Hunter (D)
Employment Discrimination
Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed; defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work; provides that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is charged with administration of via existing procedures for employment discrimination complaints; prohibits certain unfair and discriminatory acts.
01/22/2013 - In House Committee on Labor.
IA H 367
Title:
Summary:
Kelley Da (D)
Employment Discrimination
Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed; defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work; provides that the Iowa civil rights commission is charged with administration of via existing procedures for employment discrimination complaints.
02/28/2013 - Introduced. To House Committee on Labor.
ME H 822
Title:        
Summary:
Russell
Fair Chance for Employment Act (LD 1157)
An Act To Establish the Fair Chance for Employment Act.  Would prohibit consideration of current employment status in accepting or evaluating job applicants.
06/27/2013 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs
07/09/2013 - House voted to carry over to any special and/or regular session of the 126th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 1145.
07/10/2013 - Senate voted to carry over to any special and/or regular session of the 126th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 1145.
MA S 872
Title:
Summary:
Montigny (D)
Fair Hiring Practices
Relates to fair hiring practices.
02/15/2013 - Filed as Senate Docket 1367
MA H 1745
Title:
Summary:
Malia (D)
Prospective Employer Discrimination
Prohibits prospective employer discrimination against persons who are or have been unemployed.
02/18/2013 - Filed as House Docket 1596. To Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.
MN S 25
Companion:
Title:
Summary:
Dibble (DFL)
MN H 120
Employment Discrimination
Relates to employment; prohibits discrimination against unemployed individuals; providing for civil penalties.
01/11/2013 - Introduced. To Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.
MN H 120
Companion:
Title:
Summary:
Winkler (DFL)
MN S 25
Employment
Relates to employment; prohibits discrimination against unemployed individuals; provides for civil penalties.
01/17/2013 - Introduced. To House Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulates Industries.
NH LSR 466:
Title:
Summary:
Copeland (R)
Discrimination Against the Unemployed
Prohibits discrimination against the unemployed.
01/17/2013 - Assigned Bill Number: H 350.
NH H 350
Title:
Summary:
Copeland (R)
Discrimination Against the Unemployed
Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers based upon an individual's unemployment status.
03/05/2013 - Retained in Committee for Action in Second Year of Session.
NY A 2825
Same As:
Title:
Summary:
Wright (D)
NY S 677
Hiring Discrimination By Employers Employment Agencies
Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies based upon an individual's unemployment status.
01/18/2013 - Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.
NY S 677
Title:
Summary:
Stewart-Cousins (D)
Hiring Discrimination by Employers
Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies based upon an individual's unemployment status; provides that it shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer or licensing agency, because of an individual's unemployment status, to refuse to hire or to employ or to bar such individual or to discriminate against such individual in compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment.
01/09/2013 - Introduced. To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
NY S 4340
Same As:
Title:
Summary:
Sanders (D)
NY A 6723
Unlawful Hiring Discrimination
Prohibits unlawful hiring discrimination by employers and employment agencies based upon an individual's unemployment status.
03/21/2013 - Introduced. To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
NY A 6723
Same As:
Title:
Summary:
Robinson (D)
NY S 4340
Unlawful Hiring Discrimination
Prohibits unlawful hiring discrimination by employers and employment agencies based upon an individual's unemployment status.
04/17/2013 - Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.
NY S 5636
Title:
Summary:
Savino (D)
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Relates to unemployment insurance benefits; unlawful hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies; prohibits concurrent payments.
05/30/2013 - Introduced. To Senate Committee on Labor.
NY A 7825
Same As:
Title:
Summary:
Heastie (D)
NY S 5636
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Relates to unemployment insurance benefits; unlawful hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies; prohibits concurrent payments.
06/05/2013 - Introduced. To Assembly Committee on Labor.
PA HB 180
Title:
Summary:
Boyle B (D)
Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status
Prohibits discrimination against persons based on unemployment status; provides for powers and duties of the Department of Labor and Industry; imposes penalties.
01/22/2013 - Introduced. To House Committee on Labor and Industry.
VA H 2133
Title:
Summary:
Keam (D)
Employment Discrimination
Relates to employment discrimination; relates to current employment status; provides that no employer employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons shall fail or refuse to hire an individual on the basis of the individual's current employment status; provides that the bill provides that it is an unfair discriminatory practice for any person to include an employment status requirement in a job advertisement or to otherwise require, directly or indirectly, an individual to have a specific employment.
02/05/2013 - Left in committee.


  

Source: StateNet/NCSL bill tracking database search, 7-1-13
  

2012 Legislation

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia considered bills during the 2012 legislative session that would prohibit discrimination against the unemployed in either hiring or advertising job openings.  Oregon passed a law in March and the District of Columbia passed a law in May 2012.  While the California legislature passed a bill in September 2012, the act was vetoed by the Governor.

Arizona
 
AZ H 2660  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Gallego (D)
Summary:  Relates to employment discrimination; relates to long-term unemployed.
01/25/2012 - To House Committee on Government.
01/25/2012 - Additionally referred to House Committee on Employment and Regulatory Affairs.
01/25/2012 - Additionally referred to House Committee on Rules.
 
California
 
CA A 1450  Employment: Discrimination: Status as Unemployed
2012 Status: Vetoed.
Date of Last Action: 08/22/2012
Author: Allen (D)
Summary: Makes it unlawful for an employer, an employment agency, or a person who operates an Internet website posting jobs in the state to publish an advertisement or announcement for any job that includes provisions pertaining to an individual's current employment or employment status, subject to civil penalties. Provides that the failure to comply may be grounds for canceling, terminating, or suspending a contract, and debarring the contractor from future state agency contracts for a specified period.
01/05/2012 - Introduced.
01/26/2012 - To Assembly Committees on Labor and Employment and Judiciary.
03/14/2012 - From Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment with author's amendments.
03/14/2012 - In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Labor and Employment.
03/28/2012 - From Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment: Do pass to Committee on Judiciary.
04/17/2012 - From Assembly Committee on Judiciary: Do pass as amended to Committee on Appropriations.
04/25/2012 - In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
05/09/2012 - In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File.
05/25/2012 - From Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Do pass.
05/25/2012 - In Assembly. Read second time. To third reading.
05/30/2012 - In Assembly. Read third time. Passed Assembly. To Senate.
06/14/2012 - To Senate Committees on Labor and Industrial Relations and Judiciary.
06/27/2012 - From Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations: Do pass to Committee on Judiciary.
07/03/2012 - From Senate Committee on Judiciary: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations.
08/06/2012 - In Senate Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File.
08/16/2012 - From Senate Committee on Appropriations: Do pass as amended.
08/22/2012 - In Senate. Read second time and amended. To third reading.
08/29/2012 - In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.  May be considered on or after August  31 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/29/2012 - Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.
08/30/2012 - Assembly Rule 77 suspended. Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
09/13/2012 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
09/30/2012 - Vetoed by Governor.
 
Colorado
 
CO H 1134  Job Discrimination Against Unemployed
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned
Author: Pabon (D)
Summary: Prohibits advertising a job vacancy that requires an applicant to be currently employed.
02/21/2012 - From House Committee on Economic and Business Development: Postponed indefinitely.
 
Connecticut
 
CT H 5199  Discriminatory Hiring Practices
2012 Status: Failed - Died
Date of Last Action: 02/16/2012
Author: Joint Labor and Public Employees
Summary: Prevents discrimination of unemployed individuals in employment advertisements and in hiring for employment positions.
02/16/2012 - Introduced.
02/17/2012 - To Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees.
02/24/2012 - Public Hearing Scheduled 02/28.
03/20/2012 - Failed Joint Favorable deadline.
 
CT S 79  Discriminatory Hiring Practices
2012 Status:  Failed
Author:  Joint Committee on Commerce
Summary: Prevents discrimination of unemployed individuals in employment advertisements and in hiring for employment positions.
05/02/2012 - House Calendar No. 486.
 
District of Columbia
 
DC B 486  Unemployed Anti Discrimination Amendment
2012 Status: Enacted - Assigned Law Number 132
Date of Last Action: 05/31/2012 - Enacted
Author: Brown K (D)
Summary: (Permanent Law) Relates to the Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2011, prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment.
09/20/2011 - Introduced.
09/20/2011 - To Council Committee on Aging and Community Affairs.
02/07/2012 - On Council floor. Read first time.
03/06/2012 - Passed Council.
03/06/2012 - Eligible for Mayor.
03/09/2012 - To Mayor.
03/19/2012 - Signed by Mayor.
03/19/2012 - Assigned Act Number 329
03/28/2012 - To Congress.
03/28/2012 - Projected Law Date: 05/09/2012
05/31/2012 - In Congress. Passed Congressional Review Period.
05/31/2012 - Assigned Law Number 132
 
DC B 486  Unemployed Anti Discrimination Amendment
2011 Status: Pending - Aging and Community Affairs Committee
Date of Last Action: 09/20/2011
Author: Brown K (D)
Summary: (Permanent Law) Prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment.
09/20/2011 - Introduced.
09/20/2011 - To Council Committee on Aging and Community Affairs.

Florida
 
FL S 518  Fair Employment Opportunity Act
2011 Status: Pending - Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee
Date of Last Action: 10/12/2011
Author: Rich (D)
Summary: Creates the "Fair Employment Opportunity Act." Prohibits an employer from refusing to consider for employment, or refusing to offer employment to, a person because the person is or was unemployed, prohibits an employer from publishing in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium an advertisement or announcement for a job which states or indicates that an unemployed person is disqualified from consideration for the job.
10/12/2011 - Prefiled.
11/02/2011 - To Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
11/02/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.
11/02/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Budget.
 
FL S 518  Fair Employment Opportunity Act
2012 Status: Failed - Died
Date of Last Action: 01/10/2012
Author: Rich (D)
Summary: Creates the "Fair Employment Opportunity Act." Prohibits an employer from refusing to consider for employment, or refusing to offer employment to, a person because the person is or was unemployed, prohibits an employer from publishing in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium an advertisement or announcement for a job which states or indicates that an unemployed person is disqualified from consideration for the job.
10/12/2011 - Prefiled.
11/02/2011 - To Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
11/02/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.
11/02/2011 - Referred to Senate Committee on Budget.
01/10/2012 - Introduced.
01/10/2012 - To Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
01/10/2012 - Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.
01/10/2012 - Referred to Senate Committee on Budget.
03/09/2012 - In Senate. Died in committee.
 
FL H 815  Fair Employment Opportunity Act
2012 Status: Failed - Died
Date of Last Action: 01/10/2012
Author: Reed (D)
Summary: Creates "Fair Employment Opportunity Act." Prohibits an employer from refusing to consider or offer employment because a person is or was unemployed, prohibits advertisement or announcement which states or indicates that unemployed person is disqualified and prohibits employer from directing or requesting an employment agency to take person's status as unemployed into account.
11/30/2011 - Prefiled.
12/12/2011 - To House Committee on Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.
12/12/2011 - Referred to House Committee on Civil Justice Subcommittee.
12/12/2011 - Referred to House Committee on Economic Affairs.
01/10/2012 - Introduced.
01/10/2012 - To House Committee on Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee.
01/10/2012 - Referred to House Committee on Civil Justice Subcommittee.
01/10/2012 - Referred to House Committee on Economic Affairs.
03/09/2012 - In House. Died in committee.
 
Indiana
 
IN S 205  Employment Status of Employment Applicants
2012 Status:  Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Breaux (D)
Summary:  Prohibits an employer from publishing an advertisement for an employment vacancy that states that qualification for the employment position includes current employment by the applicant. Civil penalty enforcement by the Department of Labor. Provides that an employer may not discriminate against an applicant or a prospective applicant for employment.
01/04/2012 - Introduced.
01/04/2012 - To Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor.
 
Iowa
 
IA S 2028  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Quirmbach (D)
Summary:  Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed. Defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work. Provides that the Iowa civil rights commission is charged with administration of the bill via existing procedures for employment discrimination complaints.
02/23/2012 - In Senate. Becomes Senate File 2259.
 
IA H 2140  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - House Labor Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/27/2012
Author: Gaskill (D)
Summary: Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed, defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work, provides that the Iowa civil rights commission is charged with administration of the bill via existing procedures for employment discrimination complaints.
01/27/2012 - Introduced.
01/27/2012 - To House Committee on Labor.
 
IA S 2028  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Quirmbach (D)
Summary:  Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed; defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work; provides that the Iowa civil rights commission is charged with administration of the bill via existing procedures for employment discrimination complaints.
02/23/2012 - In Senate. Becomes Senate File 2259.
 
IA S 2259  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action: 02/23/2012
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Summary: Prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual's status as unemployed, defines status as unemployed as an individual who, at the time of application for employment or at the time of an alleged violation, does not have a job, is available for work, and is searching for work, prohibits an employer from engaging in certain employment practices.
02/23/2012 - Introduced.
02/23/2012 - In Senate. Formerly Senate File 2028.
03/19/2012 - To Senate Committee on Judiciary.
 
Maryland
 
MD S 966  Discrimination in Employment
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Date of Last Action: 02/15/2012
Author: Gladden (D)
Summary: Prohibits discrimination in employment based on employment status, including discrimination by employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, and training programs; defines "employment status."
02/15/2012 - Introduced.
02/15/2012 - To Senate Committee on Rules.
02/27/2012 - Reassigned to Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings.
 
Michigan
 
MI H 4675  Unemployed Individuals
2012 Status: Pending - Carryover - House Commerce Committee
Date of Last Action: 05/24/2011
Author: Ananich (D)
Summary: Provides for sanctions for advertisements that discriminate in hiring unemployed individuals.
05/24/2011 - Introduced.
05/24/2011 - To House Committee on Commerce.
 
Minnesota
 
MN S 1919  Employment
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action: 02/16/2012
Author: Dibble (DFL)
Summary: Prohibits discrimination against unemployed individuals, provides for civil penalties.
02/16/2012 - Introduced.
02/16/2012 - To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
 
New York
 
NY S 5151  Discrimination Against Unemployed Job Applicants
2012 Status: Pending - Senate Labor Committee
Date of Last Action: 05/03/2011
Author: Krueger (D)
Summary: Prohibits discrimination against unemployed job applicants.
05/03/2011 - Introduced.
05/03/2011 - To Senate Committee on Labor.
NY S 5316  Hiring Discrimination By Employers
2012 Status: Pending - Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee
Date of Last Action: 11/02/2011
Author: Stewart-Cousins (D)
Summary: Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies based upon an individual's unemployment status.
05/05/2011 - Introduced.
05/05/2011 - To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
11/02/2011 - Amended in Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
 
NY A 7830  Hiring Discrimination By Employers
2012 Status: Pending - Assembly Governmental Operations Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/18/2012
Author: Wright (D)
Summary: Prohibits hiring discrimination by employers, employment agencies and licensing agencies based upon an individual's employment status.
05/18/2011 - Introduced.
05/18/2011 - To Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.
01/18/2012 - Amended in Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.
 
Ohio
 
OH H 424  Employment Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status
2012 Status: Pending - House Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/24/2012
Author: Celeste (D)
Summary: Prohibits and provides a penalty for posting an advertisement of an employment position that discriminates on the basis of an individual's employment status.
01/24/2012 - Introduced.
01/24/2012 - To House Committee on Rules and Reference.
01/26/2012 - From House Committee on Rules and Reference: Recommended referral.
01/26/2012 - To House Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Oregon

OR S 1548  Job Posting Restrictions
2012 Status: Enacted
AUTHOR: Rosenbaum (D)
Date of Last Action: 03/27/2012
SUMMARY: Prohibits knowingly or purposefully publishing an advertisement by an employer, an employer's agent, representative, or designation, or employment agency, for a job vacancy that provides that the qualification include current employment, that a job application who is currently unemployed with not be considered or reviewed, and that only applications submitted by persons who are currently employed will be considered and reviewed; provides these provisions do not allow for a civil action against an employer.
02/01/2012 - INTRODUCED:
03/27/2012 - Signed by GOVERNOR.
03/27/2012 - Chaptered. Chapter No. 85 

Pennsylvania
 
PA H 2157  Unemployment Status Discrimination Prohibition
2012 Status: Pending - House Labor & Industry Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/26/2012
Author: Boyle B (D)
Summary: Prohibits discrimination against persons based on employment status, provides for powers and duties of the Department of Labor and Industry, imposes penalties.
01/26/2012 - Introduced.
01/31/2012 - To House Committee on Labor and Industry.
 
South Dakota
 
SD S 184  Hiring Discrimination and Current Employment
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - Senate Commerce and Energy Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/26/2012
Author: Buhl (D)
Summary: Prohibits hiring discrimination on the basis of current employment status.
01/26/2012 - Introduced.
01/26/2012 - To Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy.
02/10/2012 - In Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy: Deferred to the 41st Legislative Day.
 
Tennessee
 
TN H 3757  Employees and Employers
2012 Status:  Failed – Adjourned – House Committee on Consumer and Employee Affairs
Author:  Turner M (D)
Summary:  Prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment.
02/02/2012 - To House Committee on Consumer and Employee Affairs.
02/06/2012 - In House Interim Committee on Consumer and Employee Affairs: Referred to General Subcommittee.
 
TN S 3130  Discrimination in Employment
2012 Status: Failed - Adjourned - Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee
Date of Last Action: 01/25/2012
Author: Stewart E (D)
Summary: Prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status or history of unemployment.
01/25/2012 - Introduced.
01/30/2012 - To Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Agriculture.
03/28/2012 - In Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Agriculture: Referred to General Subcommittee.
 
Wisconsin
 
WI S 249  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status:  Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Hansen (D)
Summary:  Prohibits employment discrimination based on employment status. Specifies that employment discrimination because of employment status includes an employer, employment agency, or other person refusing to hire or employ an individual because the individual is currently unemployed and printing or circulating any statement, advertisement, or publication that states or suggests that the qualifications for a job include currently being employed.
03/23/2012 - Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
 
WI A 344  Employment Discrimination
2012 Status:  Failed - Adjourned
Author:  Zamarripa (D)
Summary:  Prohibits employment discrimination based on employment status; specifies that employment discrimination because of employment status includes an employer, employment agency, or other person refusing to hire or employ an individual because the individual is currently unemployed and printing or circulating any statement, advertisement, or publication that states or suggests that the qualifications for a job include currently being employed.
03/23/2012 - Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.
 

2011 Legislation


New Jersey became the first state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against the unemployed, during their 2011 session.  The bill as originally passed was vetoed by the Governor, who expressed concerns about the law being overly broad.  The legislature amended the law, based on those concerns, and passed an amended law, which was signed by the Governor. 

Bills were also introduced during the 2011 legislation session in Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio.  Below are links to the 2011 legislative bills. 

ILLINOIS
 

MICHIGAN
 

NEW JERSEY

NEW YORK

OHIO



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

   The EEOC recently held a forum on the issue, at the request of members of Congress. 

Meeting Summary - February 2011
Press Release

Congressional Bills

   HR 2501 would bar employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against the unemployed when posting job openings. 
   S 1471 would prohibit employment status being used as a criteria in hiring or in advertising job openings.

NCSL Resources

   Main Unemployment Page
   Unemployment Legislation Database (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 legislative bills)
   Staff Contact:  Jeanne Mejeur

 

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