Colorado bill would bar credit checks for some jobs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from using consumer credit information against potential employees unless they're applying for a job that involves financial decisions.

Democrats sponsoring the proposal say the use of credit information creates barriers for people who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for employment. The bill gets its first committee hearing in the Senate Monday.

The bill would require employers who use credit information to give potential employees a chance to explain any adverse information. Employers who take action based on credit information would have to inform job applicants.

The legislation would allow people to pursue civil action if an employer unfairly used their credit information against them.

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  • by Guest Location: Grand Junction on Feb 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Lack of character is not the only cause of bad credit. Medical bills, death in the family, layoff can cause one to lose credit. Mostly the cause is not enough income to meet obligations. Denying someone an opportunity to correct the problem based on past history without opportunity for explanation is wrong and should not be allowed.
  • by will Location: grand junction on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    A credit check should be made on employees who handle cash, check and cc transactions. The temptation for someone to embezzle because they are in debt happens all the time. While poor credit score or track record may not be an indicator that the employee will steal from you, it may show that it is possible. I see nothing wrong with checking a prospective employees credit when they apply for a job. I believe it is a fairly common practice for HR type investigations. They make you prove citizenship, they usually do a criminal background check, why not a credit check.
  • by N on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    If I am the owner of a private company, I should be allowed to hire or not hire someone for whatever reason I choose. If I want to base my hiring decisions on the applicants credit score, race or cup size that should be my right as a business owner.
  • by ugh on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    A credit report should not be a basis of hiring someone. You cannot judge anyone by a stupid number that nine times out of ten is incorrect. It's wrong and discriminating. It should only be allowed for loans and mortgages, not even insurance companies, thta's another scam in itself.
  • by Fred on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    Check the politicians credit. That is probably why they want to drop it.
  • by HP Location: GJ on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    My credit report had bad information on it that took over a year to clean up and I still have to have the occasional thing disputed. My ex husbands current wife was shown as an "also known as" on my report. Her first name is a two syllable name, and the second syllable is the same as my middle name. The IRS has had issues with our names as well.
  • by Homeless Location: 5th St. Bridge on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    Credit????????? Whats Credit??????? Credit Check????? If you still have good credit, you are crooked!
  • by Mary Location: GJ on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Give that credit reports are almost always wrong and the consumer has no way to fight it there are much better ways to judge an individuals character.
  • by N on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    What is a bunch of b.s. is the government telling the owner of a private company what they can or can not do. If I own the company I should be able to hire or not hire anyone I want for whatever reason I want.
  • by guest on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    that should absolutely should not be allowed for regular workers . bunch of bs
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