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Geo Group Background Check Lawsuit

Case Introduction

On October 30, 2015, Outten & Golden LLP filed a nationwide class action against The Geo Group, Inc. (“Geo Group”), and Accurate Background, Inc., on behalf of plaintiff Eric Keels and all similarly situated applicants for employment with Geo Group. The lawsuit alleges that Geo Group and Accurate Background, Inc. systematically violated federal law in the way they conducted criminal background checks of Geo Group job applicants.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that, before denying or revoking a job offer based on background check results, employers must provide the applicant with a copy of the background check and a statement of rights under the FCRA, and give the applicant a reasonable amount of time to respond. Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleges that Geo Group and Accurate Background, Inc. have failed to comply with the FCRA, which deprives Geo Group job applicants of important protections meant to ensure that background checks are conducted in fair and accurate manner, and are used appropriately.

The case is “Eric Keels v. The Geo Group, Inc. and Accurate Background, Inc.,” 15 Civ. 6261, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. To view a copy of the complaint, please click here.

The Geo Group, Inc. job applicants who wish to report their experiences or learn more about the lawsuit may – Contact Us, call Ossai Miazad or Christopher M. McNerney, attorneys at Outten & Golden LLP, at (212) 245-1000, or email cmcnerney@outtengolden.com.

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