3rd Circ. Urged To Revive SEPTA Background Check Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (December 12, 2017, 3:48 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments on Tuesday to revive class claims accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of failing to provide job applicants with a chance to respond to consumer reports detailing criminal histories that the agency said disqualified them from employment.

Deeptak Guta, an attorney with Gupta Wessler PLLC representing the three lead plaintiffs in the case, argued that the trial court had created an insurmountable hurdle by requiring the would-be SEPTA workers to show that the reports, which they never received copies of, contained inaccurate information that had harmed their employment prospects.

Instead, he argued, the...

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