Out of Work, Out of Luck

The EEOC is looking into the effects of employers discriminating against the unemployed when screening applicants.

This recent inquiry is very similar to another one they recently had into the effects of employers considering the credit histories of applicants (as discussed by me here). Employers (via HR) would be wise to revisit their own policies ahead of any possible EEOC enforcement efforts in these areas, as the pending EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corp case suggests.  The full EEOC link is here.

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3 Responses to Out of Work, Out of Luck

  1. Mark A. Green says:

    I always thought this really odd, that a potential employer can screen for your credit worthiness. As I thought about it I can see their, the employers, point of view… As an employee your decisions will affect their bottom line. So I guess an employer will think if you can not take care of your own finances i.e. bottom line, how can you take care of theirs! Still, I’m inclined to side with the potential employee as a newer higher paying job would pull them out of their “uncreditworthiness” for lack of a better term.

    • Shaun Reid says:

      In the end, I think you you have come out on the more equitable side, Mark. The reason being, if debt-ridden applicants never get a fair shake from potential employers, a large number of hard working and talented people will be condemned to perpetual unemployment. This despite the bankruptcy law’s “Fresh Start” provisions which are intended to give individuals a blank slate. I think a balance needs to be made, wherein the type job and the type of the applicant’s debt should enter the analysis. A blanket denial of employment for indebted people is simply too broad.