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Legislation to Protect Unemployed From Job Discrimination Introduced

Earlier this week, a bill to end employer discrimination against unemployed job seekers was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Brown (D-OH), and Gillibrand (D-NY). The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011, also introduced  last month in the House of Representatives, would prohibit employers and recruiting firms from refusing to consider potential hires solely because they are out of work or from including language in a job posting that discourages individuals from applying based on their employment status. As the national unemployment crisis deepens, and as long-term unemployment rates stubbornly remain at record levels, this Congressional legislation mirrors similar legislative efforts underway in states that seek to ensure that such discrimination does not aid in driving millions to permanently leave the workforce.