Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
I am sorry to have to bear bad news. The truth is that, for the most part employment discrimination
, including discrimination based on prior criminal records, is legal...and common
For example, discrimination based on lack of education and prior work history is common. As is discrimination based on appearance.
What is not proper is "illegal discrimination". This is discrimination based on race, gender, age, marital status or any of the other protected status.
I understand your point
If I was black and had a criminal conviction I could get help, but because I'm white, I can't get help?
But the truth is, if you were black and had a conviction or you were white and had a conviction and the employer denied the application based on race (white or black) that would violate federal law. Period.
But if the employer denied based on the conviction, even a 30 year old conviction? Not a violation. At all.
So if you want to fight this, you would have to have some evidence that the denial was based on your race, gender or some other protected status. Otherwise, the employer can refuse to hire based on the conviction alone
Again, sorry to have to bear bad news
Let me know if you have more questions....happy to help if I can