Sen. Warren hopes to remove credit checks from job screenings

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December 18, 2013, 4:48 pm
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(NECN) - Does a credit check in the job application process work against some potential employees?

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks it is, and she's trying to take personal credit history probes out of job searches, introducing a bill banning the checks.

Sen. Warren joined NECN Wednesday to explain her reasoning.

"Understand the reason why most people have damaged credit history - they've had a serious medical problem in the family, and that's gotten them into some trouble on paying bills, they've lost a job, and they may have fallen behind on some of their bills, or they've had a family breakup, either a divorce or a death in the family," "Those are the principle reasons that people have some problems in their credit reports, and those problems stay in their credit reports for seven years, in some cases, even longer, and employers are using them to screen people out."

Sen. Warren goes on to explain that studies show no correlation between a person's credit and his or her ability to perform a job.

Tags: Democrats, Republicans, credit, Elizabeth Warren, employment, Sen. Warren, job screening, credit checks
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