Vitran To Pay $2.6M For Snooping On Job Seekers

Law360 (April 19, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT) -- Vitran Express Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay $2.6 million to settle Ohio class action claims that it secretly obtained criminal background checks on individuals seeking employment with the freight company, violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement, which was given the stamp of approval by U.S. District Judge Dan Postero, but it did admit that a portion of its job applicants may not have been aware that a criminal background report or other consumer report would be procured by Vitran for employment purposes.

Vitran's settlement comes as several other major...

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