EEOC Weighs Position on Credit Reports for Employment Screening

Nick Fishman

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is holding meetings on Wednesday (October 20, 2010) to investigate the practice of using credit reports as part of the employment screening process.  In fact, our attorney, Pam Devata of Seyfarth Shaw has asked by the EEOC to provide guidance on the matter and will testify about the misperceptions regarding the use of employment credit reports by employers.

This has been a hot topic as of late (see our white paper: Credit Reports and the Hiring Process).

Last month, the House Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing to discuss the Equal Employment for All Act, a bill amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against job applicants based solely on consumer credit reports. (There are some exceptions to the proposed act.)

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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