New York Passes Law Restricting Credit Reports

New York is now the ninth state who has passed legislation restricting employers from utilizing applicant’s credit history when making an employment decision. Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation NYC Int. 0261-A-2014, which amends the NYC Human Rights Law stating that it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to request or consider the…

Whole Foods Violates FCRA

A class action lawsuit was filed against Whole Foods in Florida alleging Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The suit filed on December 4, 2014 by a Tampa-based Whole Foods employee claims that the company’s background screening process violated the FCRA by failing to make proper disclosure and failing to obtain proper authorization…

New York Trying To Ban Credit Reports

A group in New York is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to support a bill that would ban the use of credit reports in making an employment decision. The NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment claims that “Despite the widespread use of employment credit checks, there is no empirical evidence that the reviewing…

New York Trying To Ban Credit Reports

A group in New York is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to support a bill that would ban the use of credit reports in making an employment decision. The NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment claims that “Despite the widespread use of employment credit checks, there is no empirical evidence that the reviewing…

EEOC Case Dismissed Against Kaplan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was dealt a huge blow when it experienced a dismissal of its claim against Kaplan Higher Education Corp. The EEOC alleged that Kaplan violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through taking into account applicants’ credit history when making an employment decision. The decision handed down by…

Manhattan’s Basketball Coach Questionable Resume

The University of South Florida was in negotiations to hire Manhattan men’s basketball head coach Steve Masiello; however the deal was nixed as soon as South Florida discovered a discrepancy on Masiello’s resume during his pre-hiring background check. Mr. Masiello’s biography on Manhattan’s website claims that Masiello graduated from the University of Kentucky with a…

Nationwide CRA Charged With Violating FCRA

A civil complaint was filed against a nationwide leading Credit Reporting Agency (CRA) for violating both Federal and State law by furnishing information to retailers about criminal cases involving suspicion of theft or fraud that did not result in a conviction. It is alleged that the CRA sold memberships to retailers who would provide information…

Federal Background Screening Contractor Accused of “Dumping” Background Reports

U.S. prosecutors have filed charges against background screening company USIS (U.S. Investigations Services) for allegedly completing background reports without having gone through a quality review process. USIS utilized a computer program to “flush” or “dump” background checks which would label the report as “complete” when in fact no quality review was conducted. This is in…