Bill to restrict employer credit checks faces vote

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Senators are debating a measure to restrict employers from using consumer credit information against job applicants unless the job they're applying for is in the financial or security sectors.

Democratic Senator Morgan Carroll says people who have lost jobs in the recession have taken a hit on their credit report and now have a tough time finding employment because consumer credit information is used against them.

More than a dozen states this year are considering legislation similar to Colorado's.

Opponents of the bill say businesses should be allowed to use all information available to them when making hiring decisions and that the legislation opens them up to lawsuits by disgruntled applicants.

The bill faces a preliminary vote in the Senate Monday.

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  • by N on Feb 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    What right does the government have to tell private businesses what they can or can not use to evaluate applicants? If I own a business and want to hire or not hire someone based on their credit score, their race or their cup size that should be my right as a business owner.
  • by Equality Location: Orchard Mesa on Feb 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
    I think this is ridiculous... people shouldn't be judged by their credit. You have no idea what hard times they may have been through. Not all honest and hard working people have perfect credit....
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