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City Council Bars Employers From Discriminating Against the Unemployed

By Jill Colvin | January 24, 2013 7:39am 
 The City Council voted to ban employers from considering job-seekers' employment status.
The City Council voted to ban employers from considering job-seekers' employment status.
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CITY HALL — The City Council has voted to bar employers from considering an applicant's job status in hiring decisions — sparking yet another showdown with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Under the rules, employers will no longer be able to dismiss job-seekers just because they're currently unemployed. The rules, voted on by the council Wednesday, also bar job listings that specify applicants must be working to apply.

"Discrimination is wrong in all its forms, and we cannot — and will not — allow New Yorkers who are qualified and ready to work have the door of opportunity slammed in their faces,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement before the bill passed the council 44-4.

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