As POEknows has reported to you in previous newsletters and via our blog posts, class action lawsuits continue to impact employers. Under the the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), it is unlawful to procure or caused to be procured, a consumer report or investigative consumer report for employment purposes unless the disclosure is made in a document that consists solely of the disclosure and the consumer has authorized, in writing, the procurement of the report.
According to Top Class Actions, Wal*Mart faces such a class action lawsuit for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Read the full report about Wal*Mart – HERE. The claim is that they obtained a background check without legal authorization under the FCRA, and they are accused of “failing to provide adequate notice of the consumer report as well as failed to secure legal authorization to obtain it.”
As an Employer keep your business safe from law suits and follow all requirements of the FCRA! Employers certainly still need to ensure that they are in compliance with their obligations and they are working with background firms that understand the FCRA.
Contact our team at POEknows & let us guide you in these compliance issues.<