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I've been at my company for 10 years in accounts payable Ann's my boss is wanting me to sign a form giving him permission to check my credit report. I did not have to sign a form at the time I was hired and there has not been an incident that would require him to check my credit. Is it legal?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

They are incorporated in MO but moved to KS.

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

No. It's full time. No union.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No but thank you.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 5 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your specific question. Are you asking if your KS employer can run a credit check on you, as an employee?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I'm asking if it's legal without an "incident" to run my credit after I've been there for ten years. This manager, in particular, has had a history of treating females very "different" than male employees. I have a feeling he's trying to weed out certain people. My credit is horrible. I work in accounts payable. My personal credit does not have any bearing on how I do my job. Just because I have bad credit does not mean I'm stealing from the company.
Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

It is legal. That is, KS law provides the following:

Employers may obtain consumer reports, including credit reports, for employment purposes, with certain limitations (Kan. Stat. § 50-703). For “employment purposes” means that the reports may be used to evaluate “a consumer for employment, promotion, reassignment or retention as an employee” (Kan. Stat. § 50- 702(g))

You can see the law here

http://kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/050_000_0000_chapter/050_007_0000_article/050_007_0002_section/050_007_0002_k/

This is the part of my job I don't like...when the law is not in favor of my customer. I wish I could tell you that the law prohibits this, but I can only provide you information based on the law so that you can act on the best available information to you...I wish I had better news, but can only hope you recognize and understand my predicament and don't shoot the messenger. I'm sorry!

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I figured as much. I wish it was different too! I do have one more question though. This same boss told me I could not have a raise because I have a disabled child and I take too much extra time for his appointments. Is that legal?
Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

They can not discriminate against you because of a disability that you have. But this does not extend to your child...so this is legal.

Again, I am sorry to be the one to bear bad news.

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

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