Can You Refuse To Hire A Felon?

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT) -- Imagine you are a hotelier hiring for a sensitive position — perhaps a night auditor or purchasing clerk. Your practice is to conduct criminal background checks on all applicants, since almost all of your employees will have some access to your guests and their property.

During an initial phone interview, the applicant reveals a significant criminal conviction: He tells you that he was recently convicted of a felony involving distribution of narcotics, served a short sentence and is currently on probation.

You decide to reject the...
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