Pa. Rep. Floats Bill Barring Unemployment Bias In Hiring

Law360, Philadelphia (January 25, 2013, 5:30 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state representative Tuesday introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants who were unemployed at the time of applying, mirroring legislation that has already been passed in New Jersey, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Philadelphia, hopes that the legislation, known as the “The Pennsylvania Fair Employment Opportunity Act,” will help the 512,000 Pennsylvanians who were unemployed as of November 2012 return to the workforce.

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