SOURCE: Gotham Dating Partners Inc.

Gotham Dating Partners Inc.

January 03, 2011 09:50 ET

Ex-Con Creates Search Engine After Being Fired Because of Felony Conviction

Felon Creates Employment for Others After Being Fired Because of Criminal Past

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - What do you do when life serves you lemons, you make Lemonade; at least that's what one convicted felon did. Aaron Fraser was hired by the Salvation Army and fired on his first day because of his criminal past, even though he fully disclosed his criminal history. He was hired by a regional office in Brooklyn but when the corporate headquarters realized he had a felony, he was fired and told that because of his felony conviction, he could not remain employed with the Salvation Army.

"This came as a total shock to me," says Aaron Fraser. "Not only was it disclosed, but to have a Christian Organization fire me because of my past left a sour taste in my mouth. I knew I would be hard pressed to find employment if the Salvation Army didn't believe in second chances."

Armed with an MBA, Mr. Fraser decided to take matters in his own hands. That's when he came up with, the first peer to peer employment services search engine. allows anyone to post an employment opportunity, employers and registered members who have knowledge of an employment opportunity; all free of charge. "In this economy, employers are not posting job opportunities online because of the high cost of posting it. Jobs are out there, employers are just not making them available online because of the high cost. Companies like and HotJobs charge in the hundreds of dollars for one post." Mr. Fraser hopes to level the playing field by making the service free to all, even employers. He also hopes to provide a venue for ex-cons to receive gainful employment. He says he counts his firing by the Salvation Army as a blessing.

His second venture, Gotham Dating Partners Inc., is an online social networking platform with eleven Niche Market Dating sites featured on He hopes to take both companies public sometime in the near future.

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