NYC Bill Would Ban Discrimination Based On Employment Status

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For many in this economy, the fact that they are unemployed isn’t their fault. But some people are being denied a new job because they currently are without one.

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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn calls it shocking.

Now, she says the City Council is poised to pass a bill to make it illegal for a company to use someone’s employment status against them in a job application.

“We’re gonna say, ‘Employers, you cannot discriminate against the unemployed,'” she said. “How are we ever going to get unemployment numbers down if we allow companies to continue to say only people with jobs can get jobs?”

City Councilman Vincent Gentile says the bottom line is that this practice is another form of employment discrimination.

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“This is not only counter intuitive but it’s unconscionable especially in light of the fact that so many unemployed have been out of work for extended periods of time,” Gentile said.

Do you agree with the proposal? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. VL says:

    To those asking “how do you prove it?” Some employment ads state for people not to even bother to apply if they’ve been unemployed longer than 6 months, or if they’re unemployed at all. Plus, in interviews, interviewers tell applicants that their long term unemployment is a problem. We all know they ask about gaps in work history. They act like it’s a crime to leave the work force for a period and come back. and yeah, there should be a law against it.

  2. David Whitebook says:

    A great idea and very fair. Council member Gentile is always looking out for the underdog.

  3. Capitalism Is The Root Of All Evil says:

    THEY DISCRIMINATE BASED ON AGE, GENDER AND SOMETIMES RACE. THAT’S RIGHT HOW DO YOU PROVE IT? THEY SHOULD BAN CREDIT CHECKS TOO BECAUSE IT’S NOT AN EMPLOYER’S BUSINESS WHO YOU OWE MONEY TO AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WORK PERFORMANCE.

    1. M.A.D says:

      Agree!!

  4. val says:

    Sounds good, but how can you prove the person didn’t get the job because he or she was already unemployed and not because they were not qualified?

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