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Legislation proposed to make "unemployment status" a protected class in job application process

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California could be on its way to becoming the nation’s first state to add unemployment status to the list of protected classes such as race and religion when it comes to discrimination in job interviews.

Assembly Bill 1450, making its way through Sacramento, would make it illegal to list current employment as a prerequisite in job ads, and to take someone’s unemployment status into account when considering who to hire.

If passed, California would join New Jersey and Oregon as the only states to prohibit employers from listing the requirement in ads. California’s legislation, however, would take it a step further by making it discrimination to use unemployment status in weighing a candidate.

Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-San Rafael, introduced the bill earlier this year.

Read the full story in U-T San Diego HERE.