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NY official: Retailer 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 agrees to pay $125,000. Most of the money will go to people denied employment and to organizations that provide job help to former offenders.

The agreement came after Schneiderman's office began investigating a complaint about the company from a job fair.

State law requires employers to consider each job applicant and their background individually.

Bed Bath & Beyond operates 62 stores in the state. The Union, N.J.-based company had no initial comment on the settlement.