Quinn Signs Bill Limiting Employment Credit Checks

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law Tuesday that prohibits employers from using a person's credit history when it comes to getting a job.

However, one of the bill's sponsors says there are exceptions to the new law, including people who work in banking and insurance because they have access to confidential financial information. There are other exceptions as well.

Quinn says the bill aims to prevent employers from discriminating against would-be workers because they have bad credit in a tough economy.

Supporters of the bill say the unemployed are trapped in a cycle where they can't pay their bills without a job but can't get a job because they have bad credit.

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  • by Alice Location: Rockford on Aug 11, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    I have been denied jobs before because my credit is not so good. I filed bankruptcy a few years ago, and was told they could not hire me because that showed up on my record. Never in my life would I steal from a company I worked for. It really pissed me off. I'm glad to see that this has changed.
  • by Brian Location: Loves Park on Aug 11, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    first of all i didnt think that was legal to not hire somebody for bad credit except maybe for a bank job or financial institution but im glad to see the Governor pass a bill like this. I am an un-employed worker with not so good credit so this is a load off of my mind
  • by jerry jackson Location: rockford on Aug 10, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    really who is doing tha stealing its ceos and the very high ups in companies us blue collar workers have it bad as it is we don't need this also look who got that big bailout humm the filthy rich and we don't get nothing
  • by Joe Location: Rockford on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    If new people with bad credit are a risk to a company when they get hired then how much of a risk are the "trusted" employees who have been working for a company for a while when their credit goes bad? When was the last time you saw a report where a new employee embezzled money from a company? Never! It's always the long term "trusted" employee.
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