Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Homelessness Discrimination?

Under the category of “is this really a problem?”, comes news that Rhode Island enacted a “Homeless Bill of Rights” that included a provision that makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee or a job applicant because they don’t have a fixed home address or permanent mailing address. Nor can an applicant be rejected for employment because she lists a homeless shelter or a social services provider as a mailing address. There is apparently a push for similar legislation in other states.

I would be very interested to see if this is really a problem, or to know how many people are turned down for a job because they list a post office box as their home address.

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