Legislation Would Bar Hiring Discrimination Against Unemployed Applicants

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Both versions of the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 would make it illegal for an employer to: refuse to consider for employment or refuse to offer employment to an individual because of the individual’s status as unemployed; publish in print, on the Internet or in any other media, an advertisement or announcement for any job that includes any provision stating or indicating that an individual’s status as unemployed disqualifies the individual for a job (“must be currently employed”); and direct or request that an employment agency take an individual’s status as unemployed into account in screening or referring applicants for employment.

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Source: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)