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Bill Would Outlaw Employment Discrimination Against Unemployed

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would prevent hiring practices that discriminate against out-of-work people.

Members of the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will vote on the bill Thursday.

The proposed legislation would make it illegal for an employer to not hire a person based on unemployment status or place job advertisements that intentionally discriminate against the unemployed.

Bill supporters say it will help end unfair hiring practices taking place during a time of high unemployment.

Opponents argue that it opens the door for other characteristics to gain discriminatory protection and takes away from the significance of those already in place, like race and religion.

If passed, the bill goes to the General Assembly.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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