Friday, March 20, 2009

Sounds Like the Thought Police to Me

Here is a bill that prohibits an employer from using health status or "believed illness or health condition" from consideration in employment decisions. So, I guess a prospect who is turned down for employment can accuse the employer of "thinking I was sick" and therefore refusing to hire. And what kind of "believed illness" are we talking about? Physical health, mental health, psychological health? And who will be the judge of these health conditions?

But, if that isn't bad enough, anyone who was turned down for a job can file a civil suit and recover damages from the employer.

Bottom line, you not only can't refuse to hire because the prospect or a family member is sick, but you can't refuse to hire because you "thought he was sick." This creative legislation must have come from a consortium of trial lawyers and labor lobbyists.

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