The Associated Press reports New York City will become the fourth location in the country with a new law against discrimination against job seekers who are currently unemployed. It will be in effect three months from now.
New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C. are among the other places to say it’s unlawful for help wanted ads to indicate candidates must be employed. NYC is packing a punch though; they’re saying rejected applicants may sue employers for damages.
The City Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto. He previously indicated hiring decisions are too complicated to legislate.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told The Associated Press, “We cannot and will not allow New Yorkers who are qualified and ready to work and looking to work to have the door of opportunity slammed in their faces.”