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Executive Law Section 296(16)

§  296.  Unlawful discriminatory practices.

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16.   It   shall   be  an  unlawful  discriminatory  practice,  unless specifically required or permitted by statute, for any  person,  agency, bureau,   corporation  or  association,  including  the  state  and  any political subdivision thereof, to make any inquiry about, whether in any form of application or otherwise,  or  to  act  upon  adversely  to  the individual   involved,   any  arrest  or  criminal  accusation  of  such individual not then pending against that individual which  was  followed by  a termination of that criminal action or proceeding in favor of such individual, as defined in subdivision  two  of  section  160.50  of  the criminal  procedure  law,  or  by  a  youthful offender adjudication, as defined in subdivision one of section 720.35 of the  criminal  procedure law,  or  by  a  conviction  for  a violation sealed pursuant to section 160.55 of the criminal procedure law or by a conviction which is  sealed pursuant  to section 160.58 of the criminal procedure law, in connection with the licensing, employment or providing of credit  or  insurance  to such  individual; provided, further, that no person shall be required to divulge information pertaining to any arrest or criminal  accusation  of such  individual  not  then  pending  against  that individual which was followed by a termination of that criminal action or proceeding in favor of such individual, as defined in subdivision two of section  160.50  of the  criminal  procedure law, or by a youthful offender adjudication, as defined in subdivision one of section 720.35 of the  criminal  procedure law,  or  by  a  conviction  for  a violation sealed pursuant to section 160.55 of the criminal procedure law, or by a conviction which is sealed pursuant to section 160.58 of the criminal procedure law. The provisions of this subdivision shall not  apply  to  the  licensing  activities  of governmental  bodies in relation to the regulation of guns, firearms and other deadly weapons or in relation to an application for employment  as a  police  officer  or  peace  officer  as  those  terms  are defined in subdivisions  thirty-three  and  thirty-four  of  section  1.20  of  the criminal  procedure  law;  provided  further that the provisions of this subdivision  shall  not  apply  to  an  application  for  employment  or membership in any law enforcement agency with respect to any  arrest  or criminal   accusation   which   was  followed  by  a  youthful  offender adjudication, as defined in subdivision one of  section  720.35  of  the criminal  procedure  law,  or  by  a  conviction  for a violation sealed pursuant to section 160.55 of  the  criminal  procedure  law,  or  by  a conviction  which  is  sealed pursuant to section 160.58 of the criminal procedure law.

 

Last Updated: April 12, 2012