The letter calls on the council and the Mayor to enact Intro 261, a piece of legislation that would force employers to end the practice of checking the credit score of potential employees.
“Nearly half of employers in the United States conduct employment credit checks when hiring for some or all positions,” the letter read. “In New York City, credit checks are required for jobs as diverse as dog walkers, insurance salespeople, maintenance workers, and cashiers at major retail chains, in addition to many other positions.
“Yet, despite the widespread use of employment credit checks, there is no empirical evidence that reviewing personal credit history when hiring produces a more reliable, honest, or trustworthy workforce,” the letter added.
Andrew Morrison of the New Economy Project said that so far the coalition has raised a broad base of support.
“A very broad coalition of elected officials and advocates sent a letter to the Mayor and the Council calling on them to move quickly on the bill to ban employment credit checks,” Morrison said.
Among those to sponsor the bill are councilmen Daniel Dromm and Peter Koo, who last year joined students at a rally related to the cause at Queens College.
“Many leave school having incurred student loan and credit card debt as a necessary means to receiving their education,” Koo said at the July rally. “And what we are finding is that, because of their debt, they have a hard time securing employment due to the practice of debt discrimination.”