NYC Council to Introduce Bill to End Job Discrimination Based on Credit

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 11:30am

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 to discriminate against job candidates based on credit history. Victims of this discrimination will speak about their experiences.

Some of Demos' publications on the issue:

  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th, 9:30 AM
  • WHERE: City Hall steps, New York, NY 10007
  • WHO: Councilmember Brad Lander New Yorkers facing discrimination based on credit history Advocates, including labor unions, consumer advocates, legal organizations, think tanks, and community organizers.

Credit history discrimination puts many New Yorkers in a Catch-22: denied a job due to bad credit and unable to pay off debts because they are out of work.

Nationally, 60% of employers use credit checks to evaluate employees, even though no connection has been shown between poor credit and job performance.