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California bill seeks to eliminate unemployment discrimination

Veronica C. | January 23, 2012

Slowly but surely, the American economy seems to be picking up steam. The U.S. stock market has been performing well and the national unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest overall levels in almost thee and a half years source. Despite this positive news, many Americans are still struggling to find gainful employment in an economy that has lost a large portion of its jobs since 2008's economic disaster.

While average unemployment levels across the nation are hovering just below 10 percent, Californians have been experiencing higher statewide unemployment, although those numbers have been decreasing gradually. According to the Los Angeles Times, California's unemployment dropped to 11.1 percent from 11.3 percent in an Employment Development Department report.

As a result of the nearly two million workers still jobless in California, state lawmakers have proposed Assembly Bill 1450, which would make it illegal for employers to pass over candidates who were not working when applying for the new job.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a search conducted by the National Employment Law Project found 150 national job postings that considered employment a hiring prerequisite. If passed, the law would impose fines on businesses that committed unemployment discrimination – $1,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and $10,000 for every violation after that.

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