In Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was asked to determine whether Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) is limited to a party’s employer and if so, can the coverage extend to other related entities? In addition, the claim sought to determine if Section 296(60 applies to Section 196(15) to impose liability on out-of-state entities that may have a connection to an in-state employer. Plaintiffs in the case had convictions with sex crimes with minors, which disqualified them from working for Allied Van Lines and contractor Astro Moving Storage Co. Astro terminated their employment. The individuals alleged discrimination due to their criminal conviction histories. The Court of Appeals held that Section 296(15) is limited to direct employers.

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