I’ve expressed my opposition to legislation outlawing discrimination against unemployed people. One such bill, AB 1450, has passed in the Assembly and is heading to the state Senate. Absent any data showing that this is a real problem, it appeared to me that legislators are relying on anecdotes and creating new laws that will provide more opportunities for baseless lawsuits.

But a troubling statistic forces me to reevaluate my stance on this issue. Specifically, none of the major employers in California have any unemployed people currently working for them. Can this be a coincidence?