Target: Senator Elizabeth Warren
Goal: Support Warren’s decision to end credit screenings by employers of potential employees
Americans have been struggling to make ends meet since the economic downturn in 2008. While reports have suggested that job security and employment have increased, there are still millions of Americans who remain unemployed. In recent news, it has been revealed that hundreds, if not thousands, of employers have been running credit checks on job seekers as a way to determine job performance and capability.
Not only is this practice illegal, but it is also discriminating. There is no research that indicates that a higher credit score means a more worthy candidate for employment. Originally developed to help financial creditors consider the risk of lending assets to potential borrowers, the credit report has prevented an innumerable amount of Americans from gaining employment — especially those who are poor and/or a minority. Excluding these individuals from the workforce perpetuates prejudice and keeps them from earning the income that they so desperately need to improve their credit reports which hold them back in the first place.
Economic challenges, medical debts or even student debt shouldn’t hinder anyone from seeking or obtaining gainful employment. How else are these individuals supposed to lift themselves out of their trying circumstances? To end this unjustness, Senator Elizabeth Warren has devised the Equal Employment for All Act, which will stop companies from discriminating against job seekers with poor credit scores.
By signing this petition you’ll support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to make employment attainable for all Americans and fight for a prosperous middle class.
Dear Senator Warren,
Your recent Equal Employment for All Act is worthy of ovation. As Americans struggle to make ends meet, it is comforting to know that there is someone on the White House that recognizes the importance of a prosperous middle class and recognizes the abuse of credit checks by employers in today’s job market. It’s disheartening to know that nearly 50% of all employers in the U.S. conduct credit checks that disproportionately discriminate against poor and/or minority candidates — the people who need employment the most.
As a supporter of equal employment, the middle class, and economic security I believe that your efforts are courageous and forthright. I will be tracking the progress of this act and hope you are able to influence the rest of Congress to follow suit.
[Your Name Here]
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