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Ambitious NYC jobless-discrimination bill vetoed

1:46 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed what would have been the nation's most aggressive measure to try to prevent employers from shunning out-of-work job-seekers.

Bloomberg nixed the measure Friday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has said the council plans to override his veto.

The measure would ban job ads that say unemployed applicants won't qualify. Unlike similar laws in other places, it would also let rejected applicants sue employers.

New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have passed unemployment-discrimination laws.

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed one last fall. Similar proposals have stalled in more than a dozen other states and Congress.

Advocates say it's unfair to hold joblessness against people in an era of high unemployment. Opponents say employers could end up defending themselves against dubious complaints.

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