Recently someone looking for work sent a resume to a large company. That company contacted this person via email and requested additional information, including their credit score. They were not interested in the entire credit report, just the score.
Am I the only person that thinks a company has crossed personal privacy boundaries when they request credit scores?
I realize that paying your bills on time shows good character, but does the employee have the opportunity to view the companies’ credit score? After all, a company who cannot pay their bills in a timely manner is not necessarily a company that will pay its’ employees on time or even be open a year from now.
Will they ask for medical records next because a person with a neurological problem, autoimmune disease, or chronic illness may require too many sick days? Perhaps smokers shouldn’t get a job because lung cancer may be on their horizon. Heaven forbid they hire a woman with a bunion! She’ll take an extra 30 seconds to walk to the copier.
When have we, as a society or company, gone too far?
I do believe people of good moral character can encounter times of financial hardship and run late on paying their bills. Life happens even to good people and in these economically challenging times, more of us may be receiving late notices whether we want to or not.
Are too many of us hiding in our gated communities with flower boxes overflowing, ignoring the fact that others in our town, church, or community may actually be losing the shirt off their backs?