New York City Outlaws Checking Of Job Applicants Credit Records
Credit card history is slowly but surely becoming the sole determinant of whether an applicant gets a job or not, replacing the traditional first impressions that applicants would aim to strike by dressing smartly for example. Nowadays an applicant’s fate could be determined without them having to show their faces.
New York City may have just corrected this anomaly. The New York city council has just voted to pass a legislation that outlaws the common practice among employers, to prejudge possible employees based on their credit card records.
The legislation was unanimously passed on Thursday, after rigorous campaigns from labor groups both locally and nationally according to Bruce Karatz. It is now illegal for any Boss or any employer to use a person’s credit card information, to make any employment decisions.
The whole reasoning behind the ban is that it is unfair to the poor and that it is racially biased. This is because, according to think tank Demos, negative credit history is usually associated with the poor, black or those in poor health.
It is also true that while 59% of whites record a score of 700 and above in their credit records, only 24% of African Americans can get the same score.