Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced the The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 prohibiting “discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status or history of unemployment.” H.R. 2501 and S. 1471 are working their way through committee. Congressman Hank Johnson (afraid the island of Guam might tip over with higher population – remember that?) was the first to introduce the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of of 2011, under H.R. 1113. While I haven’t done a word-by-word comparison of the three bills, they appear to be the same. The Act allows lawsuits in Federal or State courts, with costs paid by the defendant. It appears that the Secretary of Labor can get into the action and there could be some receipts going to the U.S. Treasury as “miscellaneous receipts.” Perhaps there are expectations of class actions suits? See Obama’s announcement in the video below.
(3) SUMS RECOVERED- Any sums recovered by the Secretary pursuant to paragraph (2)(A) shall be held in a special deposit account and shall be paid, on order of the Secretary, directly to each affected individual. Any such sums recovered pursuant to paragraph (2)(A) that are not paid to an affected individual because of inability to do so within a period of 3 years and any sums recovered pursuant to paragraph (2)(B) shall be deposited into the Treasury of the United States as miscellaneous receipts.
No Republicans are shown as co-sponsors. The State of New Jersey has passed their own legislation prohibiting employment discrimination against the unemployed. That is where these prohibitions should be put in place, if at all – at the state level, not the national level. The last line in the graphic above will be illegal if the Federal legislation becomes law.
The credit for the graphic above goes to Career CoPilot who has some thoughts on the New Jersey law. He says the stigma of being unemployed has actually decreased with so many unemployed, but the media hypes discrimination.
Obama Announces Legislation to Ban Employment Discrimination Due to History of Unemployment (video)