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Beware unintended bias against unmarried workers, applicants

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A new study gives your single employees and applicants new ideas for a lawsuit. The study by consultant Challenger, Gray and Christmas says unmarried people are 60 percent more susceptible to long-term joblessness than married job-seekers.

Why the trend? The study points to a combination of factors. The high-tech industry, hit hard by layoffs, has a large proportion of single workers. Young people with minimum work experience are the first to go in a downsizing.

No federal law specifically prohibits job discrimination based on marital status in the private sector. (It is illegal in federal government hiring.) However, at least 20 states ban marital-status bias in the private sector.

Advice: Play it safe, and keep a worker's marital status out of the hiring/firing equation.

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