Unemployed seek protection against job bias

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Out of work Americans could get help from a provision in President Barack Obama’s jobs bill which would ban companies with 15 or more employees from refusing to consider hiring someone who is unemployed.

The measure also applies to employment agencies and would prohibit want ads that disqualify applicants just because they are unemployed.

But the president’s bill faces a troubled path in Congress. Republicans strongly oppose its plans for tax increases on the wealthy and other spending provisions.

The effort to protect the unemployed has drawn praise from workers’ rights advocates. Business groups complain it will just stir up needless litigation by frustrated job applicants.