Credit Screening

The job market has been tough for older workers, but did you ever imagine that you wouldn’t land a job because of your credit report? It’s possible. As I wrote about in my Forbes blog, Bad Credit Can Cost You a Job, if you’re looking to change careers, find a new job, get promoted, or just...
03/17/2013
News/Resource
NEW YORK, NY—While much of the country’s attention is focused on the need for job growth, a new report released today by national public policy organization Demos reveals the ways in which the use of credit history in hiring acts as a significant barrier to employment and may lead to discriminatory...
03/04/2013
Press Release
A core value of American society is the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. Yet today in the United States, willing job-seekers are facing a new barrier to employment—credit checks. Despite the lack of evidence connecting people’s credit histories to their on-the-job performance, a 2010 survey...
11/05/2012
Publication
Many employers are pulling credit reports to get a fuller picture of a prospective hire’s character, but is this fair in a tough economy – or at any time? The role of credit reports in hiring practices took to the national stage on Sunday when CBS News profiled one man’s struggle to clear...
06/04/2012
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Senior Analyst Amy Traub explained the dangers of using credit checks in job searches on CBS Evening News. She warned that employer credit checks are a catch-22 for unemployed Americans, saying, "If you don't have a job, you fall behind on your bills perhaps. Well, then you can't get a job because...
06/04/2012
Video
Millions of Americans with damaged credit records are at risk of being unfairly denied job opportunities by companies that use credit histories to screen applicants. Faced with growing public complaints, seven states have rightly limited the use of credit histories by potential employers. Federal,...
05/31/2012
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Bill would ban the use of credit history in hiring decisions   On Tuesday, Demos' Policy Analyst and expert on employment credit screening Amy Traub will join City Councilmember Brad Lander and other advocates on the steps of City Hall to announce the introduction of a bill making it illegal...
05/14/2012
Event
Not everyone, however, buys the argument that medical credit checks are beneficial to consumers. For example, consumer advocates worry that the credit checks open an avenue for health care providers to pressure patients into immediate payment.   "The danger, really, is that health care...
05/03/2012
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Thank you, members of the Committee for this opportunity to present testimony. I am a Senior Policy Analyst in the Economic Opportunity Program at Dēmos. We are a national, non-partisan research and advocacy organization, established in 2000 and headquartered in New York City. The Dēmos Economic...
02/23/2012
Publication
Job-seekers beware — whether you're applying to do maintenance work in Denver, telephone tech support in Littleton, plumbing in Fort Collins, work as a home care aide in Aurora, or even just scoop frozen yogurt in Colorado Springs — there's one qualification you'll need regardless of your skills or...
02/16/2012
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