Assembly Bans Using Credit Reports For Most Hiring


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have voted to block employers from using consumer credit reports when they are deciding whether to hire workers for most jobs.

The state Assembly passed AB22 with the bare majority needed, sending it to the Senate.

If signed into law, the bill would stop the use of credit checks in hiring, except for managers, law enforcement, financial jobs and certain other positions that handle valuable items or information.

The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza of Artesia, says credit checks often are inaccurate and hurt minority and female job seekers. Opponents say they are a useful tool for employers assessing the integrity of job candidates.

Similar bills were approved the past three years but were vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Shudddup

    Good Credit shows responsibility and dependability. They need to stop thus from becoming law. Your an idiot for saying that minorities and women can’t have ok credit.

  • Yola

    I do not know what this world is coming up to.They are playing God to everybody because of their power.Theres a lot of unemployed people who barely making it in this world and they wanna judge them with their credit as if these companies or people has perfect credit.

  • vern

    It’s not a matter of being a woman or a minority – its the fact that many companies are using peoples credit as a way to tell a qualified person NO! Its time to put America back to work and eliminate some of these ‘fake’ barriers!

  • Lazyemployee's

    If the applicant has bad credit an employer has a right to know. It can be an indicator of an irresponsible person. If they are irresponsible in their personal life , they will more than likely be irresponsible at work……….ie: lazy, come in late, abuse sick leave, etc.


      In a normal world your right but with the economy the way it is right now and folks with master degrees who haven’t worked in a couple of years have bad credit right now unemployment only pays so much . Remember all the work is going overseas where they pay them very little for the same job here .

    • Bear

      B.S. If an employer has the right to know then I should have the right to know the employers credit. that way I know if I am going to get payed. This is just wrong!

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