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Recruiting: New York

Recruiting requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Sean H. Close, Conair Corporation


  • New York's Human Rights Law is broader than federal law in many respects and includes prohibitions against discrimination based on such characteristics as sexual orientation and marital status. See New York State Discrimination Law.
  • Employers in New York may not print or circulate any advertisement seeking applicants for employment that in any way expresses or suggests any preference as to race, color, sex or other protected characteristic. See Advertising.
  • Employers must be careful to avoid violating the Human Rights Law, or other antidiscrimination statutes, in using social media websites for recruitment or applicant screening purposes. See Social Media.
  • New York strictly regulates the activities of employment agencies and the employers that use their services. See Employment Agencies.
  • Employers doing business in New York state must undertake efforts to ensure that minority groups and women receive equal employment opportunities. See Affirmative Action.
  • New York City bans discrimination against the unemployed. See NYC Protects Unemployed Applicants.