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Amazon Must Face Murderer’s Lawsuit on Behalf of Unhired Ex-Cons

Jan. 27, 2022, 2:39 AM

Amazon.com Inc. was unable to escape a lawsuit filed by a convicted murderer who claims the company’s refusal to hire him as a delivery driver was discrimination.

Henry Franklin applied in 2019 for a job delivering groceries to customers of Whole Foods, an Amazon unit. He’d been paroled a year earlier from a New York prison where he served almost 25 years for second-degree murder, according to court records.

Amazon rejected his application and told him it was based on a background check. Franklin sued on behalf of himself and a proposed class of other ex-cons who have been denied ...

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