The Guardian — Worried about the use of big data for corporate gain? Look not further than the credit scoring system in the US, which has profound impact on our daily lives and is a source and perpetuator of systemic racial injustice.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Press Statement — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Human Rights Commissioner and Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis today launched a new public education and outreach campaign to educate New Yorkers on the City’s new law that protects job applicants and employees against discrimination due to credit history.
New York Law Journal — The article, “City’s New Credit Check Law Is Unnecessary” (NYLJ, Aug. 13, 2015), unfortunately gets a whole lot wrong about New York City’s newly-enacted employment credit checks ban, which goes into effect Sept. 3.
Northwest Indiana Times — You applied, aced the interview and received a contingent job offer. But then the company pulled it after checking your credit. It’s a scenario that happens often across much of America.
With just 44 days to go until the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act goes into effect, we put together this media summary of the three-year campaign to win passage of the law. This is just a sampling of the widespread coverage received by New Economy Project and allies in the Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment.
Today, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 261, which bans employers in NYC from using credit checks in hiring and promotion decisions. New Economy Project commends the Mayor and NYC Council for taking this important step to end employment credit checks.
The Nation — The legislation, which passed last Thursday following an extensive grassroots campaign by local and national labor and community groups, restricts a boss, prospective employer or agency from “us[ing] an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions.”
“I felt like my choices for a better life were taken away when I found out that credit checks were blocking me from getting a job. This law will make sure that other people won’t have to go through what I experienced.”
– Shelly Martin, Harlem resident & member of NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment
Wall Street Journal — New York City is one step from enacting a ban that would prevent employers from using credit checks to screen job applicants, which the sponsor of the measure says is the most far-reaching in the nation.
New Economy Project is thrilled that New York City has taken action to end credit checks in employment, which unjustly block qualified New Yorkers, particularly people of color, from needed jobs. NYC Council is expected to pass this vital civil rights law on Thursday.