Wisconsin Bill to Prohibit Discrimination Based on Status of Being Unemployed

On June 6, 2015, the Wisconsin Assembly introduced a bill to prohibit discrimination based on “employment status.” Employment status, under Assembly Bill 261, means the status of being employed or unemployed. AB261, if passed, would prohibit an employer from considering whether you are employed when making a decision on your application for employment. This bill would then encourage the reemployment of those unemployed.

The bill was introduced by by Representatives Barnes, Zamarripa, Subeck, Berceau, Bowen, Brostoff, Genrich, Goyke, Hesselbein, Hintz, Johnson, Jorgensen, Kessler, Mason, Ohnstad, Pope, Riemer, Sargent, Sinicki, Spreitzer, C. Taylor, Young and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators Hansen, Harris Dodd, Lassa, Ringhand and Wirch. The bill was referred to Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations.

See the text of the bill here:

Wisconsin Legislature: AB261: Bill Text