New York, NY - Quinn: Ban Hiring Discrimination Against Jobless
New York, NY - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the council will make it illegal for city employers to refuse to hire applicants because they are unemployed.
Quinn announced the measure Thursday in her State of the City address. Similar legislation to define the practice as discrimination is being considered at the state and federal level.
The speaker says the council will also use federal tax credits to help small businesses make new hires in neighborhoods with high unemployment.
And it will work with the website Kickstarter to spotlight community projects and businesses in need of funding in those same areas.
Quinn says the council will support a pilot program bringing together teachers, officials and community organizations. It will help them coordinate efforts to support city children as they grow up.
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