About 60% of employers check credit histories of some or all prospective hires, according to a 2010 survey by the Society of Human Resource Management....
A credit history may have hurt Deborah Aston, who managed the city-owned parking lot at the Eugene, Ore., airport from 2006 to 2010, after the city hired a new company, Republic Parking System, to run the lot. Republic required a background check for employees who wanted to keep their jobs.
Ms. Aston, who had filed for bankruptcy in 2009, wasn't re-hired. She said a Republic manager initially cited her bankruptcy filing, then later told her she had a poor attitude. She filed a complaint under an Oregon law that took effect in July 2010, limiting employers' use of credit information.
Should companies be allowed to use credit histories in deciding which job candidate to hire?