New York City passes landmark legislation that Bans Credit Checks for Most Job Applicant

April 19, 2015 4:58 AM

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The New York City Council passed legislation that bans most employers from discriminating against job applicants and current workers based on credit history. The bill passed Thursday by a vote of 47-3 and is being dubbed the strictest in the country. The bill’s sponsor, Brad Lander, said credit checks can be discriminatory and don’t relate to job performance.

“Millions of Americans who have bad credit, would also be great employees,” he said. “What they need to repair their credit is a job, and to make it harder for them to get a job is the definition of unfair.

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