Thursday, March 24, 2011

Credit Check Discrimination Legislation Picking Up Steam

I have been highlighting efforts across the country regarding efforts to curtail the use of credit history in employment and at the beginning of this year there was a federal bill pending in the House (H.R. 321), that would outlaw the use of such credit checks, except for financial institutions and for national security clearance. Currently only four states (Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington) have legislation, though varying in form, that restrict the use of credit reports by employers.

Word is that the pending federal bill is stalled but now Florida (SB 1562), Michigan (HB 4363) and Montana (HB 601) have recently introduced legislation that would limit employers' ability to use credit reports when making any employment decisions. Amazingly, these three pending bills add to the 15 states where such bills are already pending, including California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont.

Wisconsin has been relatively progressive in employment and labor law legislation so I am somewhat surprised to not see us in the fray of pending legislation. However, that doesn't mean disparate impact claims may not be made with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1 comment:

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