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New York, NY - Quinn: Ban Hiring Discrimination Against Jobless

Published on: February 10, 2012 09:24 AM
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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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 Feb 10, 2012 at 09:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Not going to make a difference. In general, the really good workers who are laid off find jobs quickly....the longer someone is unemployed, the more likely there is some issue why they haven't found a job and the less proficient they become in rapidly changing industries. While thats not always the case it is a very legitimate concern for employers. Bottom line is an employer who has some concerns regarding a worker who has been unemployed long-term will have plenty of legitimate reasons that can be invoked for not offering that person a job.


 Feb 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM UseYourHead Says:

Typical Democrat mindset. Next they'll make it illegal to not hire someone because they are lacking the appropriate skills for the job - maybe they will call it "ability discrimination".


 Feb 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM Butterfly Says:

Not necessarily!! Now employers are starting to hire seasonally!! They hire when they are busy and then lay off after the busy season!! No matter how good you are and how manmy degrees they want to save the money on health insurance and are hiring per diem so that the employee has to pay his own taxes. It has been this way since 2008 and is not getting any better.. CNN had a program about people interviewing people and the questions they asked. The same question came out finally after about 2 years.


 Feb 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

If she wanted to help, have the city get out of the way, not make new laws


 Feb 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM cookookajew Says:

The concept seems oxymoronic. How is someone supposed to get a job if he cant be hired becasue he doesn't have one?


 Feb 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM Babishka Says:

There is an easy way around this. Make sure that you have a backup, even if it is doing volunteer work for a non-profit, to keep your skills current and no gaps in your resume!

I was out of work for three years but I kept my skills current by doing web development for a non-profit.


 Feb 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
UseYourHead Says:

Typical Democrat mindset. Next they'll make it illegal to not hire someone because they are lacking the appropriate skills for the job - maybe they will call it "ability discrimination".

Did you know that there are want ads that specifically indicate that only those people who are currently employed will be considered? Did you also know that there are employment agencies that have been given specific instructions only to consider candidates who have jobs? THIS is what the law will address, so perhaps you can stop with the republican hyperbole and hysteria.


 Feb 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM am Says:

to # 1 and all above - if your over 50 even with having loads of experience your off the employment map because your salary is too high - your not even counted as an unemployed any more in the government records


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