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City Council passes bill protecting unemployed

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NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York City Council has passed a bill banning discrimination against job seekers who are unemployed.

The Council voted 44-4 on Wednesday in favor of the bill.

If it is enacted, the bill will prohibit employers from using a person's employment status in a hiring decision. Employers also will be prevented from posting help-wanted ads that require applicants to be currently employed.

Council aides said New York would be the first city in the nation to allow job applicants to file lawsuits over discrimination on the basis of job status.

New Jersey and Oregon have passed laws prohibiting employers from using language in ads that excludes unemployed applicants.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will veto the bill, but Speaker Christine Quinn says the council will override a veto.

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