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No more credit checks for many New York City job applicants

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by Allison Zullo Gottlieb, Esq., Bond Schoeneck & King, New York City

Do you routinely conduct credit checks on job applicants? Are you located in New York City? Then here’s a heads-up: The New York City Council has overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law that would bar most city employers from using credit checks as part of their hiring process.

Supporters of the bill argue that in most cases, an applicant’s consumer credit history has no direct correlation to his or her job performance, and an employer’s use of credit checks in hiring could have an adverse impact on minority job applicants, who are more likely to have poor credit histories.

Plus, after the Great Recession, many workers find themselves with poor credit histories, including bankruptcies and late payments on credit accounts.

For workers whose credit problems were largely caused by lost jobs, having to pass an employer’s credit...(register to read more)

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