City Limits — Intro. 261, sponsored by Brooklyn’s Brad Lander, would make it illegal for an employer, labor organization, employment agency or licensing agency to ask for or use “information contained in the consumer credit history of an applicant for employment” or make any decisions on hiring, firing, promoting or paying a person based on credit data.
NY1 — New Economy Project’s Sarah Ludwig joins Councilmember Brad Lander to discuss the city’s plan to pass legislation banning the discriminatory practice of employment credit checks.
New York Daily News — The City Council is expected to pass a bill Thursday that will make it illegal for employers to check job-seekers’ credit history, officials told the Daily News.
Capital Pressroom — New Economy Project’s Susan Shin and Franklin Romeo, Director of the Homeowner & Consumer Rights Project at Queens Legal Services, discuss economic justice in NY’s debt collection and mortgage/foreclosure policies with Susan Arbetter on WCNY Radio.
New York Times — New York City employers use credit checks to screen applicants for all sorts of jobs, like dog-walking and janitorial work. A coalition of municipal labor leaders, liberal advocates and left-leaning City Council members is seeking to end that practice, saying it disproportionately harms blacks and Hispanics without accurately predicting fraud or poor job performance.
Call on Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Council to End Discriminatory Employment Credit Checks in NYC
The Nation — It’s the classic Catch-22 of the doomed job search: How do you get a job? You need experience. And how do you get experience? Get a job. But for many, the unemployment cycle gets further twisted when it intersects with the debt cycle. When prospective employers run credit checks, a bad report becomes a financial scarlet letter.
Queens Chronicle — A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall.
Ft. Greene Focus — Slamming current hiring practices as unjust, area leaders are pushing for new city laws that would prevent employers from immediately asking about an applicant’s arrest history, as well as ban employment credit checks.
Queens Ledger — Queens College students held a rally last week on the campus to garner further City Council support for a two-year-old fight to stop credit checks as part of the employment process in New York City.