Stewart-Cousins fighting discrimination of unemployed

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against prospective employees simply because those employees are already without a job.

Job-seeker Tom Currivan, who joined Sen. Stewart-Cousins in Yonkers today, worked in retail for 15 years before being laid off in February. Currivan said he had no idea that his employment status could be preventing him from finding future work. "When I spoke with the coach, he asked 'how long have you been out of work.' I responded 'a little over a year,' and he said 'they won't even talk to you.'

Stewart-Cousins says that those who are unemployed are the same as the rest of us, and should not be discriminated against simply because of their lack of a job. "These are good people. They should not be excluded legally because they are unemployed, whatever the motivation is."

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