D.C. Bans Job Discrimination Against Unemployed

It is now illegal in Washington, D.C. to discriminate against persons because they are unemployed.

On March 6, 2012 the D.C. City Council unanimously passed the District of Columbia Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act of 2012.  Once the opportunity for Congress to override under the Home-Rule Act lapses and it is published in the D.C. Register, the law becomes effective.

Specifically, the law makes it illegal for an employer or employment agency to:

(1) Fail or refuse to consider for employment, or fail or refuse to hire, an individual as an employee because of the individual’s status as unemployed; or

(2) Publish, in print, on the Internet, or in any other medium, an advertisement or announcement for any vacancy in a job for employment that includes:

(A) Any provision stating or indicating that an individual’s status as unemployed disqualifies the individual for the job; or

(B) Any provision stating or indicating that an employment agency will not consider or hire an individual for employment based on that individual’s unemployed status

D.C. employment lawyer Robert Fizpatrick has some interesting observations about the law’s potential for both good and mischief.

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