Assembly takes up felon discrimination bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin schools would be allowed to discriminate against convicted felons when considering whether to hire or fire them under a bill before the state Assembly.

Current law allows for employers to discriminate against convicted criminals only if their offense directly relates to the job in question.

But under the bill up for a vote Tuesday, it would be legal for any public or private school to refuse to hire or to fire any convicted felon, whether their crime relates to the job or not.

It would only apply to felons who have not been pardoned.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote last week.