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Class Action Complaint for Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Andrew Weiner | Sep 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

On August 27, 2015, The Weiner Law Firm LLC filed a Class Action Complaint in federal court against ADP Screening & Selection Services, Inc., alleging that the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it allegedly failed to obtain the certifications required under the FCRA prior to furnishing consumer reports to users.

Specifically, 15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b) regulates the conduct of “persons” who furnish, use, procure or cause to be procured a “consumer report” for employment purposes as follows:

(b) Conditions for furnishing and using consumer reports for
employment purposes

(1) Certification from user

A consumer reporting agency may furnish a consumer report for
employment purposes only if –

(A) the person who obtains such report from the agency certifies to
the agency that—

(i) the person has complied with paragraph (2) with respect
to the consumer report, and the person will comply with
paragraph (3) with respect to the consumer report if
paragraph (3) becomes applicable; and

(ii) information from the consumer report will not be used
in violation of any applicable Federal or State equal
employment opportunity law or regulation; and

(B) the consumer reporting agency provides with the report, or has
previously provided, a summary of the consumer's rights under
this subchapter, as prescribed by the Bureau under section
1681g(c)(3) of this title.

Thus, according to 15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b), a consumer reporting agency may not
furnish to a user a consumer report for employment purposes unless the user has certified to the consumer reporting agency that it has complied with paragraph (2) of Section 1681b(b) with respect to the consumer report, and that it will comply with paragraph (3) of Section 1681b(b) with respect to the consumer report.  The Complaint alleges that by failing to obtain the required specific certification from the persons to whom it furnished consumer reports before providing the specific consumer report that was the subject of the certification, Defendant violated the express requirement of Section 1681b(b)(1).

Stay tuned for additional updates.

About the Author

Andrew Weiner

Andrew Weiner has represented and counseled clients in numerous areas of employment law, including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, retaliation and harassment claims, Fair Credit Reporting Act (background report) claims, common law tort claims, the development and implementation of employment contracts, employee handbooks, personnel policies, reductions-in-force, independent contractor agreements and compliance with Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal, state and local employment statutes. Andrew also has negotiated severance agreements, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and confidentiality agreements.


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