Tag Archives: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Whole Foods Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court alleges that grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. performed illegal background checks on prospective and existing employees in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to an article on TopClassActions.com. (UPDATE: A Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit was denied on March 30, 2015. Click here for ruling.) Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits will Continue to Increase Even if No One is Actually Harmed in 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Class action lawsuits for federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations will increase in 2015 even if no one is actually harmed. In 2014, an increasing number of FCRA class action lawsuits were filed and were settled for millions of dollars and several more lawsuits were filed. FCRA violations can range from not making legally required disclosures to not following proper “adverse action” procedures. This trend is number 2 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit that claims a technology company that provides a request tool to facilitate transportation allegedly performed illegal background checks that violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state credit reporting laws was recently filed in a Northern California federal court, according to a story on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

FTC Issues Follow Up Guide for Background Checks

ESR News Blogs about FTC & Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a follow-up guide – Background Checks – Tips For Job Applicants and Employees – that expands on a March 2014 joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the FTC: Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know. The new guide further specifies the rights of applicants and employees under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws when employers run background checks. The new guide is available at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0044-background-checks.pdf. Continue reading

Dollar General Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $4 Million

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in Virginia federal court against discount retail chain Dollar General for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that claimed job applicants were sent outdated notices that a background check was performed will be settled for $4 million, according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/42336-dollar-general-4m-background-checks-settlement-reached/. Continue reading

LinkedIn Class Action Lawsuit Alleges FCRA Violations

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against LinkedIn Corp. alleges that the world’s largest web-based professional network violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) through a “search for references” feature that allows employers to obtain information about job applicants, according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/41915-class-action-lawsuit-takes-issue-linkedin-reference-reports/. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Alleged FCRA Violations

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against Staples, Inc. alleges that the company failed to properly disclose to applicants and employees its use of consumer reports and deprived them of their rights under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a press release from the Bohrer Law Firm. Continue reading

Background Check Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

Background Check Class Action Lawsuits

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a background check firm violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing information for background check reports, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. As a result, subjects of these background check reports may be eligible to claim $1,500 or $40 from the settlement. Continue reading

Florida Law Firm Files Three Class Action Lawsuits on Same Day against Employers Alleging Violation of FCRA with Background Checks

Background Check Class Action Lawsuits

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

A Florida law firm filed federal class action lawsuits in the same court against three separate national employers on the same day, with two of them naming the same consumer as the lead plaintiff, alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failure to obtain a valid background check consent on an online application process. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Class Action Lawsuit BlogsA class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court against Home Depot alleges the home improvement company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by performing background checks without notifying employees and job applicants and failing to give them copies of the background checks before taking actions against them based on the information in the reports. A TopClassActions.com article about the class against lawsuit is available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/33565-home-depot-hit-employee-background-check-class-action-lawsuit/. Continue reading