D.C. Joins other States in Banning Credit Checks in the Hiring Process

Know the RulesThe D.C. City Council recently passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act (“the Act”), which now strictly limits an employer’s ability to inquire into an applicant’s credit history as a basis for a hiring decision.  The legislation was prompted, in part, by the DC City Council’s concern that a credit history provides no information about job performance, noting that “credit history isn’t a reliable way to measure a person’s ability to do a job.”

While many employers may have a policy to conduct credit checks following a contingent job offer, the Act now prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s credit history at any time in the hiring process, even after a contingent job offer, unless the particular position is exempt from the law’s prohibitions.  Specifically, D.C. employers may inquire into an applicant’s or employee’s credit history if Continue reading