Bill To Stop Bias Against Unemployed Advances In NJ

Law360, New York (March 17, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT) -- New Jersey companies would be barred from refusing to hire applicants just because they are unemployed under legislation state lawmakers advanced on Monday.

The state Senate Labor Committee in a 3-2 vote cleared the bill, S1440, to combat employment status discrimination by blocking businesses from basing hiring, compensation and other employment decisions on those grounds and exposing violators to fines. State Sens. Peter Barnes, D-Middlesex, and Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, are sponsoring the measure.

“The longer someone is unemployed the more difficult it is for them to...
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