NYC May See More Unemployment Discrimination Suits

Law360, New York (January 15, 2015, 10:46 AM EST) -- In March 2013, the New York City Council passed a landmark bill amending the already expansive New York City Human Rights Law to include “unemployment status” as a protected class. As a result, a job applicant’s unemployment status is now considered on equal footing with race, religion, disability, sex and other well-established protected characteristics for the purposes of the city’s anti-discrimination law. According to the city council, the bill was necessary to protect “the long-term unemployed who are increasingly becoming victims of discrimination as companies screen out candidates on the basis of their unemployment status.”

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