Publix settles background check class action

January 15, 2015 by

FTCPublix Supermarket agreed to settle allegations of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the law that requires that employers provide a disclosure to applicants prior to performing a background check.

The FCRA specifies that the disclosure is in writing and “in a document that consists solely of the disclosure.” 15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b)(2).

It was alleged that the background check disclosure forms used by Publix were not compliant with the FCRA since they included both a background check performance disclosure and a request that the applicant release the Publix from any liability in connection with the background check process.

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