Can a Maryland employer refuse to hire me because of my bad credit?
Maryland law limits an employer's ability to use credit reports in making hiring decisions.
I'm applying for retail jobs in Maryland, and I've had some debt problems in the past. I just completed a financial "survival skills" class at my local community college, and I've come up with a budget and repayment plan to get back on track. But I'm not going to get anywhere in paying off my bills until I can get a job, and I'm worried my bad credit will count against me. A couple of potential employers have asked me to sign a consent form that allows them to pull my credit report as part of their standard application paperwork. Is this legal? Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of getting a job?