AB 482 Mendoza

This bill would have prohibited an employer, with the exception of certain financial institutions, from obtaining a consumer credit report for employment purposes unless the information in the report is:

(1) substantially job-related, meaning that the position of the person for whom the report is sought has access to money, other assets, trade secrets, or other confidential information; and

(2) the position of the person for whom the report is sought is a position in the state Department of Justice, a managerial position, a sworn peace officer or other law enforcement position, or a position for which the information contained in the report is required to be disclosed by law or to be obtained by the employer.

Vetoed 9/23/10. In his veto message, the Governor stated:

“This bill is similar to legislation I have vetoed for the last two years on the basis that California’s employers and businesses have inherent needs to obtain information about applicants for employment and existing law already provides protections for employees from improper use of credit reports. As with the last two bills, this measure would also significantly increase the exposure for potential litigation over the use of credit checks.

For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.”