4:20 PM ET Tue, 27 Oct 2018 14:20:15 A federal appeals court has upheld New York’s decision to block jobless applications from a large group of unemployed people, saying it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The appeals court’s ruling Tuesday also gives the city and state until October 27 to appeal.
The court, in a 7-1 decision, said New York could only impose a delay until the appeals court rules.
The state of New York can’t stop people from submitting applications until it has an opportunity to review the data it collected and decide whether to release it, according to the decision.
The New York City Department of Labor and Industry had argued in court that the appeals panel erred in holding that the state had no business deciding when to release information from applications.
“There is no question that the department has made an informed decision that, under the circumstances, it is in the public interest to provide public access to its data in a timely manner,” the department wrote in its brief to the court.
The Department of Workforce Development has also argued that it’s an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.
“The City of New Yorkers has a legitimate interest in preserving the confidentiality of the information the Department collects on the unemployed, and it does so by making its employment decisions publicly available to the public,” it wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.