Bill Would Block Employers From Checking Credit Before Hiring

Jan 15, 2013

A proposed piece of legislation would bar some Florida employers from making hiring decisions based on a person’s credit history. The measure is aimed at clearing the way for more Floridians to find jobs.

Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee Chair Nancy Detert sponsored the bill.

As we turn the corner on the economy and try to get people back to work, one of the stumbling blocks is that we have employers pulling credit reports and not hiring you because you have a bad credit score. And I think that’s frankly, kind of dirty pool, unless you’re dealing with money or trade secrets or a whole list of exceptions,” Detert said.

Detert said a number of exemptions are already built into the bill. She added legislation this session should be focused on doing things to get people back to work. The measure passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously and heads next to the Senate Judiciary Committee.