Monday, January 23, 2012

Gallego introduces bill to end hiring discrimination against long-term unemployed



STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), has introduced legislation that would prohibit hiring discrimination against unemployed workers.

HB 2660 would add “long-term unemployment status” to the list of prohibited discrimination in hiring. Long-term unemployment is defined as a person who has not been employed for at least 27 consecutive weeks.

“We’re focused on what matters — creating jobs,” Gallego said. “Middle-class families, Arizona’s economic engine, deserve our focus on good ideas to put people back to work. Right now, Arizonans who have been hurt by this recession are hurting even more due to their unemployment status. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Gallego noted that families who had been unemployed longer were at even more risk due to their unemployment insurance expiring, which makes it even more important to get them back in the work force without discrimination.

“It’s time to propose holding companies that receive tax credits accountable for creating jobs they promised and to make sure they do it without discriminating against an Arizonan who was unemployed for a longer period of time through no fault of their own,” Gallego said.

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