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Companies cannot consult credit history for jobs

SANTO DOMINGO. The Ministry of Labor prohibited by means of a resolution that the companies may consult the credit history of persons applying for jobs, because they consider the practice to be discriminatory.

The measure is contained in Resolution 02 – 2015, issued last Tuesday, 3 February, whose first point makes it clear: “It will be considered a discriminatory practice for obtaining a job, any consultation of personal data relating to the credit history of the applicants for employment in order to use this as a criteria, at the moment of selecting the persons for appointment in a job, as well as the person that has employment, because it is to be considered as discrimination, exclusion or preference which has the effect of annuling or altering equal opportunity or treatment in the access to employment, permanence in the employment or occupation.”

Although the credit history is considered by law as “personal information,” many companies access them without the consent of the owner, and use the information in order to decide whether or not they will give a person a job, depending on his credit performance.

As a result, hundreds of Dominicans remain trapped in the credit bureaus as non-solvent, while they attempt to obtain employment that will allow them to pay their debts.

In 2013, after several reports from this newspaper, and articles by the financial analyst Alejandro Fernandez W, In his column Argentarium, where he exposed the situation in which thousands of persons found themselves, the banks began to relax their policies and create plans to give a “second opportunity” to the “debtors”, and the credit bureaus permitted citizens to verify their credit history free of charge.

Those affected then formed the movement “Somos Capaces” (We are capable), whose motto is “How can I pay without a job…?”, And they demanded that the Ministry of Labor prohibit the practice.

According to the coordinator of the movement, Victor Tejada Victoriano, 800,000 Dominicans are in the credit bureau and do not have employment.

He said that from now on they will watch to make sure that the companies comply with the resolution.

Vigilance on compliance

The resolution orders the Directorate General of Employment and the Directorate General of Labor to guarantee effective compliance. Equally, they call on the sectors of employers and workers so that the resolution is known and commented on in the tripartite spaces of social dialogue. The resolution will go into effect 2 days after it is published in a newspaper of national circulation.

Source: DiarioLibre

February 5, 2015

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