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Background Check Lawsuit Settled for $950,000

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Current and former employees of O’Reilly Auto Parts initiated a class action lawsuit claiming that the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including extraneous information on its disclosure forms when seeking to obtain consent to run a background check on job applicants. While the auto parts supplier did not admit to any wrongdoing, it agreed to a $950,000 settlement “to resolve claims it failed to get valid authorization before running background checks on job applicants.”

According to its terms, the settlement benefits current and former employees who signed disclosure, authorization, and digital signature forms on job applications and for whom the company obtained a background check between January 31, 2015 and February 17, 2021.

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