FTC's $2.6M Employee Screener Fine Signals FCRA Crackdown

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday notched a $2.6 million settlement in its first action against an employment background screening company for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a move attorneys say is part of a broader push by the agency to center its crosshairs on companies that compile information that could affect consumers' employment opportunities.

The civil penalty against HireRight Solutions Inc. — which marks the second-largest FCRA penalty obtained by the FTC, following a $10 million civil penalty against consumer data broker ChoicePoint...
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