Columbus -–  Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus), Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, called on her colleagues in the Senate to join other states in banning the use of credit checks as a precursor to employment. Senator Tavares introduced Senate Bill 65 on February 23, 2015, which would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use a person's credit rating, credit score or consumer credit history as a factor in making decisions regarding that person's employment. The bill prohibits using an individual's credit history in hiring, tenure, terms, conditions, privileges of employment, or any other matter directly or indirectly related to employment. 

"This bill is critically needed today, given our unemployment among youth and people who are recovering from the economic downturn," stated Tavares. "Employers are misusing potential employees' credit rating, credit score and consumer credit history, and not hiring qualified candidates."

On April 16, 2015, the City of New York, NY, City Council passed the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act. It went into effect on September 3, 2015. Senate Bill 65 is similar to this act. Credit reports were not originally designed as an employment screening tool. Instead, they were developed as a means for lenders to evaluate whether a would-be borrower would be a good credit risk. 

As of September 2014, eleven states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) have passed legislation to restrict the use of credit checks in employment, and an additional 19 states introduced bills in 2014 to do the same.

 
 
 
  
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