The PA House recently introduced a bill prohibiting unemployment discrimination. What does this mean? If employers do not hire a candidate because they are collecting unemployment, or place an advertisement stating something to the effect of “unemployed need not apply” they would be violating the PA Fair Employment Act. Minimum fines for first offenses are $1500, as well as potential civil litigation.
Anyone have an opinion on this issue they would like to share? I personally find the idea of not hiring someone because they have been on unemployment ridiculous. Plenty of individuals with great skills and work ethic have lost their jobs in recent years because of the poor economy.