Phillips & Associates

Bronx Criminal Conviction Discrimination

The Bronx criminal conviction discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates regularly handle criminal conviction discrimination cases and are well-known for their dedication to workplace equality. Philips & Associates represent workers in employment discrimination claims and will apply their years of experience, dedication and knowledge to pursue the best possible results in your criminal conviction discrimination case. Our firm prides itself on helping employees and job applicants enforce their rights to equal treatment in the workplace.


When an individual seeks a job and the employer discovers that individual had a past criminal conviction, then the employer’s denial of the job because of the past conviction constitutes unlawful employment discrimination. Usually this sort of discrimination takes place because an employer possesses the inaccurate view that an applicant who has a criminal record can never again be a suitable employee. It is inequitable to punish a job applicant for behavior that has already been subject to punishment and that often times the applicant will never again engage in. The State legislature values a worker’s rights to find employment and have enacted laws making this variety of employment discrimination actionable.


Employment discrimination, particularly on the grounds of your criminal conviction, can appear in several ways. It most often will take place when someone is seeking a job and has not yet been hired. Examples of this inequitable form of discrimination can include asking prohibited questions during an interview or application process, denying a request for an occupational license, or rejecting an applicant based solely on their criminal past.

If you feel that your employer may have engaged in any sort of unfair employment practice after finding out about your criminal conviction, please contact one of our employment discrimination attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your potential case. Call us at (212) 248-7431 for a no-cost initial case evaluation.


With the narrow exception of law enforcement positions, in New York and the Bronx, workplaces employing a specific number of employees cannot discriminate against a worker solely because of their prior criminal conviction unless:

1) a direct nexus exists connecting the past conviction and the work that is being applied for; or 2) safety concerns are implicated or property is put at risk if that applicant were hired.

The direct nexus aspect of the law at issue refers to the requirement that the criminal behavior involved would directly influence the employee’s capability to adequately do his or her job. And if the employer considers the applicant’s prior criminal records, it must also weigh several factors before issuing a refusal to hire. Here are an example of the applicable factors:

  • How long it has been since the conviction;
  • How old the applicant was when he or she was convicted;
  • How egregious was the offense; and
  • The state’s interests in promoting the public policy of having jobs available for the public.

If the conviction still forms the basis of the employer’s denial, then it must give the prospective employee a written document explaining why he or she was rejected, within 30 days of the prospective employee’s request.


If you tried to obtain employment but were mistreated by the employer due to your criminal record, call our Bronx criminal conviction discrimination lawyers today for help. Do not be subject to an employer’s unfair treatment and do not let your rights go unenforced. Our attorneys take on criminal conviction discrimination matters throughout the Bronx. We work tirelessly to enforce your rights to equal treatment. Call Phillips & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation (212) 248-7431 or Contact Us online.

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New York, NY 10006
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Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens. Angel
Employment dispute I had a dispute with my former employer, Jesse Weinstein was patient and thorough with my case. He covered every angle and was able to help me with my dispute. I would recommend Jesse Weinstein and Phillips and Associates in the future to anyone. Margaret
I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman and Eugenio Benvenuto. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen