Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A Missouri man has filed a class action lawsuit against a business that he claims refused to hire him based on the results of a background check report performed on him by a consumer reporting agency (CRA) and in doing so allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information, according to a report on LegalNewsline.com.
LegalNewsline.com reports that Rod Casteel filed the FCRA class action lawsuit against Saline Retail 26 LLC individually and for all others similarly situated in Cole County Circuit Court on December 4, 2015. The class action lawsuit states that Saline Retail obtained information about Casteel from the CRA and used that information as basis for adverse employment action in refusing to hire him.
The class action lawsuit claims Saline Retail told Casteel on December 5, 2014 that he would not be hired as an assistant manager because of the results of his consumer report, and that Saline Retail did not provide Casteel with a copy of the report as required by the FCRA so he was not allowed to address any possible inaccuracies in the report, LegalNewsline.com reports.
Casteel and others in the class seek equitable relief, statutory and punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs. The case is Casteel v. Saline Retail 26, LLC, Cole County Circuit Court, Case number 2:16-CV-04003-MJW. The complete LegalNewsline.com report is available at http://legalnewsline.com/stories/510657513-saline-retail-sued-over-alleged-fcra-violations.
Originally passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970, the FCRA promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies and protects consumers from the willful and/or negligent inclusion of inaccurate information in their reports. The FCRA helps to form the foundation of consumer rights law in the United States.
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