New Law Protects Unemployed Applicants
The Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act of 2012, the first law in the nation prohibiting discrimination against job applications who are unemployed, was signed by Mayor Vincent C. Gray on March 19, 2012. The new law makes it illegal for all employers and employment agencies in the District of Columbia to consider the unemployed status of an applicant in employment and hiring decisions. The new law also bars employers and employment agencies from indicating in an advertisement for a job vacancy that unemployed individuals are disqualified for the position. The Unemployed Anti-Discrimination Act goes into effect this month.