Tag Archives: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Lawsuit Claims Three Credit Reporting Agencies Allegedly Violated FCRA by Reporting Old Debt

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit filed against the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – claiming that they allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to observe her bankruptcy and reporting discharged debt, according to a report by the Madison-St. Clair Record. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background checks on them to comply with a 2008 federal law that bars “banks and mortgage lenders from employing people convicted of crimes involving dishonesty,” according to a report from Argus Leader Media. Continue reading

CFPB Fines Credit Reporting Agency $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered one of the nation’s three largest credit reporting agencies, Experian, to pay a civil penalty of $3 million for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to them, according to a report on the CFPB website. Continue reading

Court Finds Sending Copy of Background Check and Summary of Rights Satisfies FCRA Pre-Adverse Action Requirements

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pennsylvania Court has found in the case of Wright v. Lincoln Property Company that an employer who considered rejecting an applicant based on a background check and followed “pre-adverse” action rules under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that requires employers to send applicants a copy of their background checks and a summary of rights under the FCRA prior to taking “adverse action” is only obligated to send the applicant these documents and whether the applicant receives them is irrelevant. Continue reading

UPS Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Background Check Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

United Parcel Service (UPS) of America Inc. faces a class action lawsuit that claims UPS allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by using background checks for employment without providing the results to job applicants or employees, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

FTC Reminds Users of Consumer Reports of their Obligations Under the FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blog entitled ‘Background checks? Don’t double-dip.’ reminds users who receive information from Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that compile consumer reports containing the employment, income, and criminal history of consumers that they must comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and not “double-dip” and get a report for one purpose but use if for a different purpose. Continue reading

Appeals Court Rules Employer Willfully Violated FCRA with Liability Waiver on Background Check Disclosure Document

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers can “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) if they provide job applicants with a disclosure that a background check may be obtained for employment purposes that also includes a liability waiver for employers and others. Continue reading

Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuits Will Remain a Potential Threat to Employers After Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. However, the fact that class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs background checks in the U.S. will remain a potential threat to employers despite recent court rulings dismissing FCRA lawsuits and citing the Spokeo decision as the reason is Trend Number 8 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading