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...

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