Refusing to hire someone because they are homeless is not against the law. But it may soon be.
The House Business, Labor and Economic Development Committee voted 14-2 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on whether or not a person is homeless."There are times employers will not even give an interview to a homeless person," said Patrick Poulin, executive director of the Travelers Aid Society of Salt Lake. "The discrimination against homeless people is real. Most of the jobs they are getting are part-time, temporary jobs that do not move them out of the homeless shelters."
The bill hit home with Rep. Dan Tuttle, D-West Valley. He was one of 7,000 Kennecott employees laid off in 1986. Many of his co-workers became homeless as a result.