Hello, I had a one year contract with a company. Almost two months prior to the termination date, I signed another one year contact with them. A few days before the termination date of the first contact, the company downsized its operation and I was laid off. A new opening has opened up and the Manager of that position has called me and asked if I was willing to sign a 6-month contact for that position. Upon agreeing, I received a call from the recruitment agency to ask for my approval before drafting the contact. A week later, I was advised that the HR rejected me on the grounds that I was among those who were laid off and that rehiring me would pose a conflict of interest. Is it legal to deny me this position, despite the desire of the manager to rehire me, on the above mentioned grounds? Please Advise.