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EEOC Holds Public Meeting To Explore the Use of Credit Histories as Employee Selection Criteria

By Edwin S. Hopson

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public Commission meeting on October 20, 2010, to take testimony from various stakeholders, social scientists and the Federal Trade Commission regarding the growing use of credit histories by employers in making hiring decisions.

 As stated in the EEOC’s press release, “High unemployment has forced an increasing number of people to enter or re-enter the job market,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.  “As a result, an ever increasing number of job applicants and workers are being exposed to employment screening tools, such as credit checks, that could unfairly exclude them from job opportunities.  Today’s discussion provided important input into our agency’s work to ensure that the workplace is made free of all barriers to equal opportunity.”

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