Credit Checks May be Unfair to Job Applicants

The NY Times reports that employers are increasingly running credit checks on job applicants. While that may make sense if the applicant is going to be handling money or guard a Brinks truck, it makes no sense in the case of jobs that do not involve a risk of loss of money. Only a few states have laws barring the practice. However, there is a federal law requiring agencies that provide employment reports to employers to notify the applicant of the contents of the report if it is adverse. The idea is to give applicants a chance to dispute inaccuracies in the reports. This requirement is routinely ignored according to many reports.

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