The province says Mark's Work Wearhouse broke the rules outlined in the Personal Information Protection Act.

The company is being criticized for doing credit checks on job applicants for sales associate positions.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner was alerted to the issue after a complaint was filed.

The complainant had applied for a job as a sales associate. During the interview process he signed a declaration of understanding for a credit check. The company did a credit check on the applicant and asked him about a credit issue that was unresolved. The applicant did not get the job.

Mark's Work Wearhouse says pre-employment credit checks help them assess how job applicants will handle financial responsibilities associated with the job. The company also says it's a good way to assess the risk of in-store theft or fraud.

The investigator for the case says "the personal credit information collected by MWW was not reasonably required to assess the complainant's ability to perform the duties a sales associate, or to assess whether he might have a tendency towards committing in-store theft or fraud."

Mark's Work Wearhouse has agreed to stop collection personal credit information as part of its hiring process for sales associates.