A month back I signed a contract with a company as a software developer, the company in question is a financial institution based in Sweden with a german office.

Recently they finished their background check and found that I have a small personal debt, around 200 euro. I have read on various places that such background checks in Germany is illegal. Also that this is not a valid reason for dismissal, as I wouldn't be handling any finances for the company.

My question is if I have understood it correctly, namely that:

  1. Is it legal to perform background checks into financial/credit history
  2. Is this a valid reason for dismissal, as it's still a financial company.
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    Did you sign anything saying "I have no debts other than these" or words to that effect? Sep 20, 2018 at 12:44
  • No, at least not to my knowledge. I tried to look for something like this in the contract.
    – mr509
    Sep 20, 2018 at 16:13


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