New Yorkers Speak Out
Against Employment Credit Checks!
Meet Oneika, Gustavo, Alfred and Emmett — New Yorkers who were turned down for jobs because of employment credit checks.
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Onieka, Washington Heights
During Onieka’s interview for a full-time managerial position at a department store, she was told there would be a credit check. Even though she had managerial experience and felt more than qualified, she did not receive the job. As a result, she has stayed at her lower paying job and had trouble paying back her student loans. Her student loans, of course, are on her credit report — a Catch-22.
Gustavo applied for a position at J Crew and had a series of successful interviews. He was on his way to an orientation for new employees when the company called and cancelled, citing his credit report. The only “blemish” in his entire credit report was a loan that he had co-signed for his sister years before. He has been denied several other retail jobs since then, for the same reason.
Alfred was between jobs, without medical insurance, when he injured his knee and ended up with a hospital bill of more than $50,000. He was advised to file for bankruptcy. He had no idea that he would be denied several jobs as a result of the bankruptcy. Now working and back on his feet, he is joining the campaign to end employment credit checks in NYC.
Emmett, East Williamsburg
Emmett served in the Armed Forces for 30 years, and received the highest level security clearances. Recently, he applied for a job with the Transportation Security Administration and was denied due to an error on his credit report. Veterans like Emmett deserve better!