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Unemployed: A new protected job-discrimination category?

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With unemployment still running near 10%, employee advocacy groups are speaking out against want-ads that say “applicant must be currently employed” or “do not apply if unemployed.” A petition drive is pushing Congress to make it illegal to discriminate against unemployed people.

States are already starting to act. The New Jersey State Assembly last month approved a bill prohibiting employers and recruiters from placing anything in want-ads that discourage unemployed people from applying. The bill now moves to the state Senate.

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