"Ban the box" has become the rallying cry for those attempting to eliminate that "past criminal history" check box on job applications. Even as that campaign gathers steam, a second box campaign is waiting in the wings.

In this case, it's the growing request from employers to prospective employees to let them take a peek at their credit history.

Driven by the wave of ruined credit histories produced by the Great Recession, credit checks are viewed by employers as a way to weigh the relative stability of someone who may be hired.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.