Malloy may try to enact anti-discrimination effort

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he may use his executive authority to enact some of the proposed protections included in a failed bill that attempted to ban discrimination against unemployed job seekers.

The Democrat said on Thursday, the day after the General Assembly adjourned its regular session, he could not understand why the bill did not come up in time for a vote in the Senate. The measure passed the House of Representatives, 81-to-55, following a lengthy debate.

The bill prohibits an employer from posting a help-wanted ad that says applicants must be currently employed. It also prohibits employers and employment agencies from disqualifying a person because they're unemployed.

Some Republicans have said the legislation unfairly dictates who businesses can hire and puts them at legal risk.

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