Michaels Is Latest Retailer Sued Over Background Checks

By Jonathan Randles (January 12, 2015, 3:57 PM EST) -- Michaels Stores Inc. was hit Friday with a proposed class action that alleges the craft supply chain's system for notifying prospective employees that the company conducts background checks is inadequate and violates federal law, becoming the latest major retail chain to come under fire for how it screens potential hires.

The lawsuit, filed in Missouri federal court, accuses Michaels of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which regulates employers' use of these reports during the hiring process. Named plaintiff Raini Burnside seeks to represent a nationwide class of individuals who filled out Michaels' employee applications during the previous two years and...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!