New Orleans restricts use of consumer credit checks

by H. Mark Adams

A new ordinance in New Orleans will prohibit contractors doing business with the city from using consumer credit background checks and consumer credit history in making new-hire and other employment decisions. The ordinance will affect new city contracts entered into on or after December 23.

Employees who perform fewer than 40 hours of work in a calendar year in New Orleans under a city contract aren’t covered by the new ordinance, which includes exceptions for employees in sensitive positions such as:

  • Employees with fiduciary responsibilities for assets valued at $10,000 or more;
  • Employees required by law to hold certain security clearances;
  • Employees with access to trade secrets or information involving criminal investigations; and
  • Employees involved in counterterrorism.

For more information on the New Orleans ordinance, see the September issue of Louisiana Employment Law Letter.

H. Mark Adams is a partner with Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans. He can be reached at

About Louisiana Employment Law Letter:
Excerpted from Louisiana Employment Law Letter written by attorneys at the law firm of Jones Walker. LOUISIANA EMPLOYMENT LAW LETTER does not attempt to offer solutions to individual problems but rather to provide information about current developments in Louisiana employment law. Questions about individual problems should be addressed to the employment law attorney of your choice. The State Bar of Louisiana does not designate attorneys as board certified in labor law. Contact the attorneys at Jones Walker.
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