Barriers to re-entry
Your rights after rehabilitation
State laws: how you are protected
The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York Correction Law prohibit employers, municipalities, licensing agencies, and background check companies from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of criminal history.
Under NYS Human Rights Law 296(16) employers and licensing agencies cannot ask or make decisions about applicants on the basis of:
- A youthful offender adjudication.
- A sealed record.
- A pardoned offense.
- An arrest not resulting in conviction.
- Adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.