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What is the name of your state? Indiana

My question concerns an employer's ability to hire/fire/deny promotion based on personal financial choices. Here's the situation:

I interviewed (and was subsequently hired) for a position as the Manager of Sales & Marketing. During the interview (3 months ago) I made it a clear point to discuss how the organization paid for travel. The answers were, 1) we will reimburse all business expenses after a trip with the employee putting up the money first, 2) we will grant a cash advance, and/or 3) we will pay for it on a company credit card. Sounds about average...

Here's the dilemma: My wife and I got into debt as a result of credit cards early in our marriage. We have not possessed a credit card for over 7 years and do not wish to get one. I recently planned a 4-day business trip and took the necessary steps (as outlined in policy) to request a cash advance for the trip. Upon my boss receiving my request, he ushered me into his office to discuss the trip (and more importantly the large cash advance). I briefly explained my PERSONAL situation and then he went on to say, "Wow, we should have talked about this in the interview" and "Will you apply for a credit card now?"

While there has not been any negative repercussion, I definitely feel the negative vibes. I want to ensure that if this situation starts to turn the wrong way, I have a leg to stand on. So, can an employer make it mandatory for an employee to possess a PERSONAL line of credit in order to carry out the duties of his/her job (as required/requested by the employer)?

I don't mind the travel even though it is a personal sacrifice. However, can an employer legally make it an issue for an employee to take on credit? This puzzles me and I would like to hear from someone with knowledge in this area.

Thank you.

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