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Is it discriminatory not to hire a felon in New York State. Can they deny me because of this.
I hate to say it, but yes, an employer can legally discriminate against someone based on a criminal record. There are no protections from discrimination based on a person's criminal history as that is not considered a "protected class" like someone's gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. which are illegal to discriminate based on.
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