States may ban credit checks on job applicants

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    As a person who once ran a business, I don't think I would like to hire a person for a position of trust that had a history of not paying their bills. Credit check, background check, drug screen and a check of personal references - they are all important and most people who are on the up and up don't mind these things. It's recognized as a normal part of a job interview and the hiring practice for a position of responsibility. If you have nothing to hide it's no big deal.
     
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    If I as an employer want to check credit history so as to be better informed as to the character of an applicant, i should have every right to do so.
     
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    Do you think someone's character can be summed up by a credit check? If a person has had a tough time making ends meet, should that prevent them from succeeding, if given an honest chance?

    The article said it well: It's tough enough finding a job these days...

    Just another erosion of an individual's right to privacy! But some Conservatives have no problem eroding personal rights, or so it seems.
     
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    I've used credit checks as part of a full background check for a variety of new hires.

    Somebody who is deeply in debt, especially with liens and judgments against him, is risky. Fraud can be conducted by more than finance people (sales, operations) and engineers can steal IP.

    Yes, there may be perfectly understandable circumstances, which the candidate should be able to address if that's the case.
     
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    Interesting that the cons - who are all about freedom - always support this kind of shit...
     
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    Let's say you came to me for a job. You owe everybody in town and you are frequently late with your bill payments. You are just steps away from bankruptcy. That tells me a lot about you as an employee. It tells me you don't know how to handle your resources, establish priorities, and you have trouble keeping your commitments. It also shows that you don't meet deadlines well. Having poor credit, in some cases, can be proof that you are not a person of your word. I doubt very seriously that I would give you a job. Being a conservative has nothing to do with it and I'm not sure how you can throw this into the debate.
     
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    HOw does having bad credit reflect on how you can do in a job? Should be irrelevant. and how is someone supposed to get good credit and pay off debt if they can't get a job because of it?

    companies really love to put everybody into this little box of what the best employee should be like, which to me rewards fakes and phonies. Not everybody fits a certain mold. No wonder why there is so much incompetence in the world
     
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    Shouldn't we require the same checks on our elected officials?
     
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