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Of all the arguments for the bill, I find disturbing, the lack of any comment about still allowing credit checks on a subset of potential employees. If the checks are potentially harmful or negative in any way for one group, how does that not also apply to everyone? The article suggests that the proposed law will not cover those "applying to work in a bank or law enforcement", such that they "would still be subject to a credit check, but retail, food service and many other types of employers would be restricted from considering an applicant's credit history." If the credit worthiness of an individual is not valid or could potentially improperly prevent a worthwhile individual from getting a job, then that is true irrespective of the role for which they are applying. How is the credit worthiness any more valid for the persons applying as police officers or bank tellers, than for the persons running the registers in a retail store?
If such a law is being contemplated, the lawmakers should be doing the correct thing, and make the rules apply equally to all employers doing hiring and apply equally to all applicants irrespective of the job or job title.
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