February 21, 2012

(Denver) –Rep. Dan Pabon’s bill that would have prevented employers from discriminating against the unemployed in job opening advertising was killed by Republicans today in the House Economic and Business Development Committee.

HB12-1134 is a bill based on a 2011 New Jersey law that was overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Chris Christie. The bill is in response to the practice of some businesses that post job openings that prohibit an unemployed applicant from applying. This bill would not hinder an employer’s hiring decision process in any way; it would simply allow for the unemployed person to apply for a particular job opening.

Rep. Pabon (D-Denver) said he was unsure why Republicans chose to vote against this legislation as it had no opposition.

“Unemployment is an epidemic and no business group opposed this bill so I am perplexed as to why the Republicans voted against it,” Rep. Pabon said. “This bill is a good bill that will give an unemployed person an opportunity to apply for a job opening. Prohibiting unemployment discrimination fosters an environment that is geared toward getting unemployed Coloradans back in the work force.”

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