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Credit Checks Violate Privacy Rights

Sep 14, 2010

In considering Mark’s Work Warehouse use of pre-employment credit checks, the investigating officer noted that personal credit information is not reasonably linked to assessing the applicant’s employability as a sales associate.  The decision noted that a negative credit rating may be beyond an applicant’s control, with such reports being subject to inaccuracies, identity theft, and may result in preventing honest and reliable applicants from becoming employees.  The officer found no direct relationship between the results of a pre-employment credit check and the selection of staff.

 It is unclear whether the test would be more likely to succeed if the credit checks were more reliable applicants from becoming employees.  The officer found no direct relationship between the results of a pre-employment credit check and the selection of staff.

 It is unclear whether the test would be more likely to succeed if the credit checks were more reliable

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