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New Law Protecting Unemployed From Discrimination Will Cost DC

Published by on February 2, 2012

With the economy in turmoil, DC (among other jurisdictions) is considering adding the “unemployed” to the list of protected classes under its human rights act.  Contrary to popular belief, doing so is not free.  More after the break. The new law would make it unlawful to fail or refuse to consider an applicant because of […]

With the economy in turmoil, DC (among other jurisdictions) is considering adding the “unemployed” to the list of protected classes under its human rights act.  Contrary to popular belief, doing so is not free.  More after the break.

The new law would make it unlawful to fail or refuse to consider an applicant because of his or her status as unemployed.  It would also prohibit the publication of job ads that include a provision that specifies that being unemployed disqualifies one from the job. 

According to the Washington Business Journal, Washington, D.C.’s new proposal to protect the unemployed from discrimination in the hiring process will cost the city $521,300 over the next four years.  The Office of Human Rights would have to add an additional 150 investigations to its caseload. 

Our prior post on the prohibition against discrimination based on unemployment status in the American Jobs Act can be found here.

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