Employment Credit Checks Are Common

Employment Credit Checks Are Common

Demos applauds the work of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who today introduced The Equal Employment for All Act, legislation that would prohibit the widespread use of personal credit history in employment. The use of employment credit checks is an unjust practice that poses a serious barrier to economic security for many Americans and leads to discriminatory hiring practices against people of color and the long-term unemployed.

READ the Demos briefing paper on The Equal Employment for All Act

Demos, a national public policy organization, has conducted extensive research on the use of employment credit checks and found that poor credit is associated with household unemployment, lack of health coverage, and medical debt—factors that reflect individual bad luck and the protracted economic recovery, not an applicant’s likely job performance or financial responsibility.