Whole Foods Hit With FCRA Suit Over Background Checks

Law360, New York (December 5, 2014, 6:21 PM EST) -- A former Whole Foods Market Group Inc. employee from Florida filed a proposed class action against the natural foods grocery chain on Thursday, alleging the company had used consumer reports while screening prospective workers in a way that violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of plaintiff Colin Speer, accuses Whole Foods of violating the FCRA, which regulates employers' use of these reports during the hiring process. Speer seeks to represent a nationwide class of current and prospective Whole Foods employees in the last five years who were subject to a consumer report.

According to the lawsuit,...

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