Philadelphia moves to ban pre-employment credit checks

(Tom MacDonald / WHYY)

(Tom MacDonald / WHYY)

A new bill approved by a Philadelphia city council committee would prohibit using credit reports in hiring decisions. 

Rue Landau, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations says there are too many issues with credit reports, especially during these times of financial hardship.

“Philadelphia job seekers already struggle to get or maintain decent stable employment in this tough job market,” she said.  “We must remove as many hurdles as possible from the employment process so that we can get people back to work and providing for their families.”Tim Styer of the Philadelphia Unemployment project says it’s the loss of a job that often ruins someone’s credit.“Imagine the very thing they need to get back on their feet and repair their credit, they are being turned down for,” he said.The bill has exemptions, including government jobs and positions carrying significant financial responsibility.


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