New York employers will likely be deterred from breaking the state law and discriminating against those with felony convictions. The state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent a powerful message not to do this, via the settlement with retailer Bed Bath & Beyond.
Slapped with a $125,000 payout, Bed, Bath & Beyond agreed to end, reports Bloomberg, "automatically rejecting job applicants with criminal records." Here is the coverage.
This law is on the books in some other states, but not enough of them. When I travel on business and attend 12-step meetings around the nation I hear sad stories of being knocked out of the job box because of a felony conviction. Those in that pickle usually have to find work through their personal network of friends and relatives. Who knows if this difficulty earning a living is what triggers the large number of relapses among substance abusers.