Uber Reaches $7.5M Deal Over Driver Background Checks

By Y. Peter Kang (June 15, 2016, 9:26 PM EDT) -- Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to end proposed class actions accusing the ride-hailing company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using background checks without applicants' knowledge or authorization to make hiring decisions, according to documents filed Wednesday in California federal court.

As part of the tentative deal, Uber said it reserves the right to pursue a Ninth Circuit appeal challenging a trial court ruling that the arbitration agreement was unenforceable. Uber said should it win, the settlement fund would stay the same, but should it lose or withdraw or if the appellate court finds the...

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