Senator Warren Introduces Equal Employment for All Act
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced The Equal Employment for All Act yesterday. If passed, the bill would prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history.
"A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected medical costs, unemployment, economic downturns, or other bad breaks than it is a reflection on an individual's character or abilities," Warren said in a statement. "Families have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, and too many Americans are still searching for jobs. This is about basic fairness - let people compete on the merits, not on whether they already have enough money to pay all their bills."
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward J. M arkey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are co-sponsoring the bill, and over 40 organizations have already endorsed it.
Media Resources: Senator Elizabeth Warren Press 12/17/13; Mother Jones 12/17/13; Feminist Newswire 11/19/13