Whole Foods Sued Over Worker Background-Check Procedure

Law360, New York (February 10, 2014, 8:35 PM EST) -- Whole Foods Market California Inc. was slapped with a proposed nationwide class action on Friday accusing the company of using a legally invalid form to get job applicants to consent to background checks as part of the hiring process.

A complaint filed in California federal court claims that the form Whole Foods uses as part of its online application to get permission from applicants to carry out consumer reports, including criminal background checks, credit checks and other similar reports, is facially invalid under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The complaint alleges that Whole Food's online authorization form contains language releasing those...

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