Lawsuits increased by 60% over a previous month and one South Florida attorney filed 3 lawsuits in one day for violations involving Applicant Screening.
How complicated can it be?
Hire a company to do a background check on a prospective employee and make a hiring decision based on the results. Not that simple. According to the Federal law, known as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates Consumer Investigative Reports (background checks) properly worded releases, disclosures, applications and consumer rights forms must be used. In addition, approved procedures must be scrupulously followed.
If the background screening company and/or the employer fails to follow Federal Law, violations occur and form the basis for lawsuits.
Who has been sued?
Publix, Whole Foods, Domino’s Pizza, Home Depot, CVS, K-Mart, Disney, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Century 21, Costco, Chuck E. Cheese, Michaels, Panera, American Multi-Cinema, Sephora, Avis, Spokeo, Safeco Insurance, Wells Fargo, Info Track, Checkmate, McDonald’s, Uber, Waffle House, and many more, both large companies like the foregoing and small firms as well.
How many have been sued?
According to Webrecon, a reporting agency that reports on consumer litigation, FCRA lawsuits filed from January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 total 3,137! That’s up from 2,771 filed during the same period in 2017!
The total dollar amount in judgments, fines, settlements and attorney’s fees in these lawsuits total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
You could be next! Don’t hesitate, Call Hank Balevic at Fidelity Data Service, 561-371-3324, for a free, no obligation review of your screening paperwork to avoid the prospect of an expensive lawsuit.