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Feb 13, 2012 7:17 AM by Kate Richards

Employers could get to check credit before hiring

DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from using consumer credit information against potential employees unless they're applying for a job that involves financial decisions.

Democrats sponsoring the proposal say the use of credit information creates barriers for people who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for employment. The bill gets its first committee hearing in the Senate Monday.

The bill would require employers who use credit information to give potential employees a chance to explain any adverse information. Employers who take action based on credit information would have to inform job applicants.

The legislation would allow people to pursue civil action if an employer unfairly used their credit information against them.

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