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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A $1.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that claimed entertainment chain restaurant Chuck E. Cheese failed to provide job applicants with proper background check disclosures was granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge, according to a report on

Top Class Actions reports U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the unopposed motion by the plaintiffs for preliminary approval. The class action lawsuit settlement will give relief to approximately 28,500 Class Members who applied to work at Chuck E. Cheese since March 24, 2012.

As part of the class action lawsuit settlement, Chuck E. Cheese – also known as CEC Entertainment Inc. – agreed to change job applications used by the company to better comply with laws governing the use of background check disclosure forms, Top Class Actions reports.

The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit claimed the preauthorization form for background checks used by Chuck E. Cheese was buried underneath employment application information and liability release forms and thus violated California laws and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Top Class Actions reports.

According to the FCRA, applicants must give permission on separate preauthorization forms before employers may perform background checks. The full Top Class Actions report is at

The class action lawsuit settlement is for Ford, et al v. CEC Entertainment Inc., Case No. 3:14-cv-00677, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. A copy of the settlement is available at

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