Sen. Brown wants a federal law regarding job hiring

Wants it to be illegal to discriminate against the unemployed

Newsradio WTAM 1100

(Cleveland) -- With unemployment still high, some businesses are weeding out the unemployed by indicating in their help wanted ads that only those curently employed will be considered for job openings.

U.S Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) is proposing a new federal law that would make it illegal to discriminate against the unemployed. Brown says he doesn't want to tell an employer who to hire, "But I don't want to exclude people trying so hard."

At a news conference Tuesday in Brown's Cleveland office, two employment attorneys said current law does not protect the jobless from discrimination, and that "It's not always blatant, but its definiately occuring."

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