New Jersey is the first state to ban discrimination against the unemployed in print or online job listings. Employers are forbidden from requiring current employment as a job qualification or from stating that applications from unemployed job applicants will not be considered or reviewed. The new law, which becomes effective June 1, mandates fines of $1,000 for the first violation and $5,000 for the second offense.
Legislation on a federal level was introduced in March to make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire or to lower compensation for an unemployed applicant.
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