AB 1450 (Chapter 3.95 (commencing with Section 1045) to Part 3 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, and Section 10285.6 to the Public Contract Code, relating to employment) makes it unlawful, except as required by law in a bona fide occupational qualifications, for an employer or employment agency to refuse to consider an individual for employment because of that individual’s status as unemployed. While the bill does not create a private cause of action benefiting the aggrieved individual to sue directly, it creates a series of penalties for violations. The bill amends the State Contract Act applicable to government contracts to provide that a violation of this law also constitutes a breach of contract with respect to all new state contracts after January 1, 2013 and may be grounds for canceling, terminating or suspending the contract in disbarment.
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