Philadelphia prohibits use of credit checks in employment screening
legislation makes it illegal for employers to use the credit information of Philadelphia job applicants or employees – unless covered by an exception – for employment decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotion. Exceptions include:
- to any law enforcement agency or financial institution;
- to the City of Philadelphia with respect to efforts to obtain information regarding taxes or other debts owed to the City;
- if such information must be obtained pursuant to state or federal law;
- if the job requires an employee to be bonded under City, state, or federal law;
- if the job is supervisory or managerial in nature and involves setting the direction or policies of a business or a division, unit or similar part of a business;
- if the job involves significant financial responsibility to the employer, including the authority to make payments, transfer money, collect debts, or
- enter into contracts, but not including handling transactions in a retail setting;
- if the job requires access to financial information pertaining to customers, other employees, or the employer, other than information customarily provided in a retail transaction; or
- if the job requires access to confidential or proprietary information that derives substantial value from secrecy.
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