Employee Rights: Big Brother Comes Clean

Big Brother Comes Clean

Your resume was impressive. The job interview was flawless. You seemed to have that tempting new position in your pocket -- but you didn't get it.

What happened? Your prospective employer may have checked out your credit record. According to the Federal Trade Commission, employers are increasingly using credit reports as an easy -- and perhaps too facile -- means of ascertaining a job applicant's "honesty and personal integrity." Yet companies are required by law to inform job applicants if their credit record played a role in their rejection and to identify the source of the negative information. Many employers fail...

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