Columbus – State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will join a Community Action Agency rally in Cincinnati tomorrow to unveil her legislation to protect job applications for having their credit score used to deny them employment. House Bill 586 prohibits current or potential employers from using a consumer report or investigative consumer report for as a basis for employment, promotion or as a justification for firing.
"In this time of dire economic distress, it is important that we eliminate additional barriers to job-seekers," said Rep. Reece. "Due to this struggling economy, employers have increasingly turned to employment reports when in the process of interviewing and hiring potential employees. I believe it is unfair to deny a job or a promotion to some merely because of a poor credit history. Many people with a damaged credit rating can attribute their unfortunate circumstance to a loss of employment due to layoffs or cutbacks. A job is exactly what they need to overcome their situation, not a door slammed in their face."
The rally tomorrow (Wednesday, October 20, 2010) will begin at 3 p.m. at the CAA Gwen L. Robinson Conference Hall, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati, 45237. The Community Action Agency will report on job creation, new and expanded initiatives and personal stories achieved through allocating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. Rep. Reece and other elected officials are expected to speak.
Rep. Reece notes that Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon have similar legislation to her credit score proposal on the books. To date 36 bills in 20 states and the District of Columbia were introduced in the 2010 legislative session that are similar to the one sponsored by Representative Reece.
Rep. Reece's bill contains an exemption for those seeking employment as a supervisor, manager, professional, or executive at a financial institution. This exemption is also included in many other versions of the legislation around the country.