Bed Bath and Beyond won’t bar ex-con job seekers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have reached an agreement with a national home goods retailer to end its policy of disqualifying job seekers who have a felony record.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Tuesday that Bed Bath & Beyond has promised to comply with laws prohibiting employers from automatically rejecting applicants with criminal convictions.

As part of a settlement, the company agreed to pay $125,000. Most of the money will go to people denied employment and to organizations that help former offenders find jobs.

Scheiderman’s office investigated the company following a complaint from a job fair.

State law requires employers to weigh each applicant’s background individually.

Bed Bath & Beyond operates 62 stores in the state. In a statement the Union, N.J.-based retailer says it is committed to complying with employment law.

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