Broadening 'Discrimination' To Include Unemployment

Law360, New York (April 11, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT) -- On March 19, 2012, the mayor of the District of Columbia signed the Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act of 2012, which prohibits employers and employment agencies from discriminating against job applicants based on their unemployment status. The act is set to become the nation's first law to ban the consideration of an applicant's unemployment status in adverse hiring decisions. The act will take effect following the statutorily mandated 30-day period of U.S. congressional review, and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

Although the act does not allow...
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