A key state House committee today (8:30) is taking up a bill that aims to address COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on hospitality and service sector workers. The measure would put protections in place to have employers rehire laid-off hospitality workers when it makes sense for them to do so. Willie Jones works in security and says work has been scarce…

“We shouldn’t get kicked to the curb because of the pandemic we need the politicians to step up and make sure that no employer uses this pandemic as an excuse to get rid of experienced employees…”

Representative Andrew Carlson of Bloomington says people of color, in particular, have borne the brunt of mass layoffs tied to COVID.