Big Lots Background Checks Breach FCRA, Class Action Says

Law360, Chicago (July 27, 2015, 1:17 PM EDT) -- A job applicant hit Big Lots Stores Inc. with a proposed class action in Illinois court on Friday, accusing the retailer of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by running background checks on current and prospective employees without their knowledge or consent.

In a complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court, plaintiff Shaundrenika Robrinzine alleges that Big Lots doesn’t issue the FCRA-required “standalone” disclosure for third-party consumer reports on job-seekers and only requests authorization for such background checks after the fact.

The Columbus, Ohio-based discount retailer “routinely and systematically violates the FCRA’s basic protections by failing to provide required disclosures or...

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