As the economy gets tighter, an increasing number of employers are using credit checks to screen potential employees. “Not fair!” says consumer advocacy group Unite Here – and we here at The Pew Law Center, PLLC have to agree.
So far, Unite Here has been successful in getting three states to pass laws that limit an employers’ use of credit reports in hiring decisions – Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Illinois has already passed legislation that just needs to be approved by the governor. These laws make it illegal for employers to check applicants’ credit history unless it is proven relevant to the person’s job duties (like handling money or working with other people’s financial information).
Bills have also been introduced in 20 other states and the District of Columbia, along with Federal legislation that is pending in congress. Arizona, sadly is not one of these states. If you feel strongly about this issue, please contact your Arizona state representative and ask him or her to introduce legislation barring employers from using credit checks to screen applicants.
As more and more honest, hard working Americans fall on hard times and are forced to seek legal protection from creditors, it is heartening to see that many states and the federal government are working to remove the stigma that is unfortunately attached to people who are simply exercising their legal and ethical right to a fresh start.
At The Pew Law Center, PLLC, we believe that your life shouldn’t be defined by debt. We have helped hundreds of people just like you find the relief they deserve from harassing bill collectors, paycheck garnishment, foreclosures proceedings, and – most importantly – the constant worry about money and what to do about your debts.
We are a dedicated debt relief law firm. We help people from Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Tempe and throughout Arizona file for bankruptcy or work through tough tax problems every day. We can help stop the debt cycle and give you relief from your overwhelming, burdensome, and crushing debt. Please don’t wait another moment. Call us right away – our attorneys will help get you the fresh start you deserve.