NYC Law Bans Discrimination Against The Unemployed

Michael Bloomberg unemploymentNEW YORK - The nation's most far-reaching effort to stop employers from shunning out-of-work job applicants has become law in New York City.

The City Council voted Wednesday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto. It makes New York the fourth place in the country with some form of a law against discriminating against unemployed job-seekers.

New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C., ban help-wanted ads that say applicants must be employed. New York City's measure goes further by letting rejected applicants sue employers for damages.

Advocates for the unemployed say such hiring practices are unfair, especially after years of high unemployment and layoffs.

Businesses and Bloomberg say hiring decisions are too complicated to legislate. They say the measure will lead to dubious lawsuits.

The override was anticipated. Bloomberg vetoed the measure last month.

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Seems to me that just maybe they're right about not hiring the long term unemployed if they don't want to. Take a look at the help wanted ads in any newspaper, there's lots of companies looking for workers. Someone thats been unemployed for a year or two just isn't trying or is holding out for job or salary that is now unrealistic. I'd rather hire the person that's willing to work at any job to support themselves rather than the one that's content to collect unemployment for two years while they turn their noses up at whats available.

March 14 2013 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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So a person should take any job to satisfy your need for them to be working, even if their quitting the job they're coming from, harms the business they were first hired by?

In my book, taking a job under false pretenses is the same as lying as the individual is basically saying, they're only there until the next best thing comes along. Maybe businesses should have employees sign a contract saying that by accepting the position and the training that comes with the position, they won't take any other position, with any other company for three years or they'll have to payback training costs of $X.XX dollars plus costs incurred locating a suitable candidate to take the position they're vacating unless they can legally show just cause such as a death of a spouse or the birth of a child.

March 15 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you want the unemployed to get off unemployment then you have to make it so they can get jobs. We need to bring down the unemployment rate by getting the unemployed employed not by supporting job hoppers. People who have jobs changing jobs is not helping the the unemployment rate.

March 14 2013 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It has been proven that people who have been unemployed for a long period of time find it increasingly hard to get a new job. So, in my case, UI ran out and I put on my resume that I was self employed during the gap. Not a lie by any means, I baked for a cafe (she didn't pay me on the books so I could consider myself and independent contractor) and sold jewelry I personally made. You have to be inventive and look interesting to prospective employers.

March 14 2013 at 7:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great idea but I don't see how they can enforce it.

March 14 2013 at 12:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

you would think he'd WANT to help the unemployed, but I guess he's too busy wanting to rid the city of ear buds and soda lol

March 14 2013 at 12:06 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

It's difficult enough with all the other discrimination going on so this is a victory for those seeking gainfull employment.......

March 13 2013 at 10:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How about banning new york altogether ban it from everything every intitelment every business..time to wipe the slate clean and start again as the inmates now run this asylum,

March 13 2013 at 10:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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This is a place so nice, they named it twice. You must live on re-runs of Hawaii Five-Oh, danno.

March 13 2013 at 10:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How in the world would you prove that you werent hired because you were unemployed...should have left that part out...opens the door to more rediculous lawsuits

March 13 2013 at 10:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I think they should ban body excrement, because it stinks.

March 13 2013 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Employers won't hire you unless you already have a job? So they want you to quit your job and work for them and leave your previous employer in the lurch? And the new employer is absolutely sure that you won't do it to them as well? That's like marrying the woman or man that cheats on their spouse to be with you. Can you trust them not to cheat on you to be with somebody else?

March 13 2013 at 9:52 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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