Over the veto of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City will soon have what’s being called the nation’s toughest law against discrimination based on a job applicant’s employment status. The city council passed the law on March 13 despite Bloomberg’s veto. It will take effect in mid-June.
Currently, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., have laws against job advertisements that require applicants to be employed. New York City’s law goes a step further and allows applicants to file a complaint with the city’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) or file suit if they believe they were rejected because of their unemployed status. Also, the law allows employers to inquire about an applicant’s employment status only if they have a job-related reason for doing so.