From The NY Times:
Once reserved for government jobs or payroll positions that could involve significant sums of money, credit checks are now fast, cheap and used for all manner of work. Employers, often winnowing a big pool of job applicants in days of nearly 10 percent unemployment, view the credit check as a valuable tool for assessing someoneâ€™s judgment.
But job counselors worry that the practice of shunning those with poor credit may be unfair and trap the unemployed â€” who may be battling foreclosure, living off credit cards and confronting personal bankruptcy â€” in a financial death spiral: the worse their debts, the harder it is to get a job to pay them off.
â€œHow do you get out from under it?â€ asked Matthew W. Finkin, a law professor at the University of Illinois, who fears that the unemployed and debt-ridden could form a luckless class. â€œYou canâ€™t re-establish your credit if you canâ€™t get a job, and you canâ€™t get a job if youâ€™ve got bad credit.â€