In California, can an employment background check include my credit report?

Q & A Main Article 1

No, an employer can’t review your credit report in California unless the position falls into an exemption. Exemptions include 

  • positions in the state Department of Justice
  • managerial positions
  • law enforcement positions
  • positions for which the information is required by law
  • positions that involves access to specified personal information
  • positions in which you are a named signatory on the employer’s bank or credit account
  • positions that have access to confidential or proprietary information
  • positions that involve regular access to $10,000 or more

If you are a job applicant or employee, the employer who orders your credit report must notify you and provide an explanation of which exemption allows the access.