Murt Introduces Legislation to Ban Credit Checks for Job Applicants
9/25/2012
HARRISBURG-- State Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) has introduced House Bill 2619 to prohibit potential employers from requiring a prospective employee from agreeing to a credit check as part of application process.

Credit checks are a frequently used under the guise of gauging a worker’s reliability and the potential for having wages garnished for loan defaults.

“The problem is that these reports can also expose information that can be used in a discriminatory way or violate their security,” Murt said. “No employer needs to see your checking account numbers.”

Murt’s legislation would make exceptions for jobs in law enforcement, or a position that would manage the direction of a company or give the prospective worker access to other employees’ financial records.

The states of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon and Washington have enacted similar legislation.

“I believe the practice is unfairly stacked against job seekers who lost their jobs during the Great Recession and suffered some financial setbacks, such as foreclosure or delinquent debts, because of it,” Murt said. “The job seeker must hope that a prospective employer has some perspective when reading a credit report.”

State Representative Thomas Murt
152nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:
Rep. Murt’s Office
215-744-2600
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