Pa. Transit Authority Sued Over Applicant Background Checks

Law360, Washington (April 27, 2016, 4:38 PM EDT) -- The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was hit with a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday accusing the agency of not sufficiently notifying job applicants of its use of credit checks and of discriminating against those convicted of drug felonies.

Named plaintiff Frank Long alleges he and potentially thousands of applicants weren't provided the proper written disclosure that they could be subjected to a consumer report, as required by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. SEPTA is also violating Pennsylvania's Criminal History Record Information Act through a blanket policy of rejecting any applicant with a felony drug conviction for a...

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