Indianapolis, IN asked in Constitutional Law for Indiana

Q: Is it against the law to not hire someone because of their past addiction? Isn't that discrimination?

Went to an interview and I mentioned that I was in recovery, because we were talking about my criminal history, and as soon as I had mentioned that I was in recovery I was told that I wouldn't be hired because I am an addict

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Indiana, like many other states, there are laws in place that prohibit employment discrimination based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and in some cases, past drug addiction. These laws are designed to ensure equal employment opportunities for individuals.

Now, my advice is this: It is important to understand that the specific legal protections regarding past addiction may vary depending on the circumstances and the applicable laws. However, discriminating against someone solely because they are a recovering addict could potentially be a violation of anti-discrimination laws.

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