ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland employers will be limited in using a job applicant’s credit history when making hiring decisions, under a measure that has passed the General Assembly.

A spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday the governor will sign the bill.

The legislation requires that an employer have a bona fide reason that is substantially job-related to request information in an applicant’s credit report. Credit information could be sought for a job that involves a fiduciary responsibility to the employer.

Delegate Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, sponsored the bill in the House of Delegates. He says there are many understandable reasons why someone could have poor credit that have nothing to do with the ability to do a good job.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Mary says:

    This is a fantastic move for the state. While I can understand the purpose of credit checks on applicants seeking jobs that require the handling of money and expensive assets, it seems so very wrong to discriminate against someone in the current economy. Too many good people, who never had issues with paying their bills, have found themselves unemployed and unable to keep up with even a meager lifestyle. As a manager who does background checks, I think we have to be more investigative in finding out WHY a person may have poor credit. Keeping someone from a job that could make it possible to pay their debts based solely on their credit history is just wrong.

  2. David Dean says:

    This is a great move. I have never understood why some companies have a credit check for even a receptionist. I think it is a form of discrimination. I think they should go further and include the insurance industry in the bill also. How does bad credit make you a bad driver???????.

  3. er says:

    Finally a decision and law from Omally and crew that doesn’t suck!

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