Publix Resolves Improper Background Check Violations Case for $6.8M

By on November 7, 2014

Publix supermarket agreed settle allegations of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the law that requires that employers provide a disclosure to applicants prior to performing a background check.  The FCRA specifies that the disclosure is in writing and “in a document that consists solely of the disclosure.” 15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b)(2).

It was alleged that the background check disclosure forms used by Publix were not compliant with the FCRA since they included both a background check performance disclosure and a request that the applicant release the Publix from any liability in connection with the background check process.

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