New York City just passed a law that prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of their unemployment. The law provides that an employer may not advertise that current employment is a requirement for any vacant position or that the employer will not consider an unemployed individual for the job. The law, however, does not prohibit employers from considering professional licensing, experience or training when making hiring decisions. Despite an attempted veto by New York City’s mayor based on concerns over increased litigation by disgruntled employees, the law will take effect in ninety days. Employers now have yet another concern when making hiring decisions and we are likely to see increased employment discrimination litigation.
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