New York City Will Ban Employers From Viewing Credit History of Prospective Workers
The City Council is expected to pass a bill that will make it illegal for employers to check job-seekers’ credit history. In addition to banning credit reports on a prospective employee, the bill also prohibits employers from asking people what their credit score is in job interviews. “There’s just no demonstrated correlation between credit history and job performance, or the likelihood to commit fraud or theft,” said the bill’s sponsor, City Councilman Brad Lander. Lander said it was decided to exempt only a handful of employers – like law enforcement and positions that could pose cybersecurity threats.