Brad Lander

As of today, New Yorkers’ personal finances are none of their bosses’ business. Today Local Law 37, prohibiting discrimination based on consumer credit history, goes into effect. As a result, employers can no longer ask employees or job applicants to undergo a credit check to get a job—or keep one—...
09/03/2015
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This week, workers gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall, singing carols to raise awareness about the problem of employment credit checks. From positions as dog walkers to jobs doing maintenance work, retail sales, tech support and financial posts, a wide range of jobs in the five boroughs...
12/18/2014
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Discrimination has no place in New York City. The City’s Human Rights Law is one of the strongest bodies of civil rights law in the nation, and the City Council and Mayor have taken bold action to update it to address emerging forms of discrimination. So it’s entirely appropriate that New York City...
10/01/2014
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“How can you pay your debt, if you can’t get a job?” That’s the straight-forward question Council Member Debi Rose asked on the steps of New York’s City Hall this morning, as she stood up as a lead sponsor of legislation which would ban discrimination against job applicants and employees based on...
04/10/2014
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The steps of New York’s City Hall were crowded this morning. New Yorkers shut out of a job by employment credit checks spoke out and told their stories, expressing hope that New York City would build on its recent success banning discrimination against the unemployed in hiring to also put an...
04/11/2013
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"I served in the military for 30 years and received the highest level security clearances," said Brooklyn resident and war veteran Emmett Pinkston.  "Yet I was turned down for a job as a TSA baggage screener, because of a bogus charge on my credit report.  I found myself stuck at a low...
02/08/2013
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The students assembled outside Borough of Manhattan Community College yesterday morning were indignant. “Students are juggling college expenses and family obligations,” declared student government representative Shadae Blair, “one reason we seek an education is to get ahead in...
10/16/2012
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“I went through four interviews and everything went smoothly. I was on my way to the orientation program [for my new job] when I got a call on my cell phone: they had to cancel my orientation because there was a discrepancy in my credit report. . .” I’ve written about employment...
08/23/2012
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Starting this fall, over a million New Yorkers in eight city council districts will have a direct say in how at least $10 million of their tax dollars are spent. Tuesday, New York City Council Members David Greenfield, Daniel Halloran, Stephen Levin, and Mark Weprin announced that they will be...
07/19/2012
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