July 17, 2023 — Press Release

Eastern Bank, MassPIRG, and National Consumer Law Center advocate are among those scheduled to testify before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development 

BOSTON The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will hold a hearing this coming Tuesday, July 18, 2023 that will include the Fair Chance in Employment Act (FCEA): S.1144, An Act regulating the use of credit reports by employers & H.1434, An Act reducing barriers to employment through credit discrimination, filed by Sen. Mike Barrett and Rep. Josh Cutler respectively. These bills would ensure that employers cannot consider an employee’s or job applicant’s credit report in making hiring or employment decisions.

It has been shown again and again that credit reports and scores do not indicate an employee’s ability to perform a job well. NCLC Senior Attorney Michael Best will testify that the use of credit reports in these decisions perpetuates historical racial inequalities and injustice, and credit reports are often riddled with errors and inaccurate data.

Many employers have changed their policies to this end. One such company is Eastern Bank and a representative from Eastern will discuss how its policy to not review the credit histories of potential employees has improved their hiring practices.

WHAT:  Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development Public Hearing on Workforce Development & Job Training

WHEN: TUESDAY, July 18th 2023 at 10:30 AM

WHERE: State House, Room A-1 and virtually at malegislature.gov 


Eastern Bank
Michael Best, senior attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Honorable Members of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

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