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Class Action: Hertz Violated Federal Law When Denying Job Applicant

Jun 10, 2015 / Media Coverage /
The Hertz Corporation was hit with a class action lawsuit in a California federal court, alleging that it violated federal law by improperly using consumer reports to deny employment to job applicants. Plaintiff Peter Lee of California says in his Hertz class action lawsuit that he applied for a job with Hertz’s Dollar/Thrifty subsidiary at the San Francisco International Airport in May 2014, while he was working for a competitor in a similar position. Lee explains that he was arrested in June 2012 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for sale in connection with a gang...
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Hertz Faces Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations

Jun 10, 2015 / Media Coverage /
A class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court claims Hertz Corporation and the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) providing background check reports to the rental car giant allegedly “acted willfully in violating the requirements” of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing criminal background checks on job applicants. According to the 23-page complaint, in May 2014 the Plaintiff received a conditional offer of employment for a position with a Hertz-branched rental car location at the San Francisco International Airport. However, after being scheduled to begin working...
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Hertz Accused of Unauthorized Background Checks on Job Applicants

Jun 10, 2015 / Media Coverage /
Civil rights lawyers sued Hertz Corp. and its background-checks contractor on Tuesday, accusing them of blindsiding job applicants by looking up their criminal records and withholding or withdrawing job offers without giving them a chance to challenge the reports. A federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, requires private employers to get applicants’ written consent before checking their criminal records or credit history, said lawyers in the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. When a report contains damaging information, the lawyers said, the employer must give...
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Hertz Accused of Violating Background Check Rules

Jun 10, 2015 / Media Coverage /
The Hertz Corp. faces a lawsuit alleging it has violated federal rules in handling background checks for its job applicants. The suit was filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court against Hertz, its subsidiary Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. and Sterling Infosystems Inc., a global provider of employment screening and background checks. Filed as a class action, it alleges Hertz and Sterling have failed to follow notice, disclosure and authorization requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, resulting in the unfair treatment of job applicants. “We’ve just received the complaint...
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The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. and Sterling Infosystems, Inc. Faces Lawsuit for Allegedly Violating Federal Background Check Law

Jun 9, 2015 / Media Coverage /
The law firm Outten & Golden LLP and the nonprofit organization Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area announced that The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., and Sterling Infosystems Inc. are accused in a new federal lawsuit of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during criminal background checks of Hertz job applicants. Filed in San Francisco federal court, the nationwide class action lawsuit alleges that Hertz and Sterling failed to comply with FCRA's notice requirements prior to taking adverse actions against job applicants and...
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Hertz Accused Of Using Illegal Applicant Screenings

Jun 9, 2015 / Media Coverage /
The Hertz Corp. was hit Tuesday with a putative class action in California federal court accusing the rental car giant of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by allegedly not following proper procedure when screening job applicants using consumer reports. Plaintiff Peter Lee said he was denied a job at Hertz after the company conducted an illegal background check on him. Hertz “systematically” violates the FCRA by failing to properly warn applicants in writing that it plans to procure a consumer report during the hiring process, by not providing them with a written description of their...
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Hertz Sued for Allegedly Violating Federal Background Check Law, According to Job Applicant’s Legal Team

Jun 9, 2015 / Press Release /
The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (“Hertz”), and Sterling Infosystems, Inc. are accused in a new federal lawsuit of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during criminal background checks of Hertz job applicants, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP and the nonprofit organization Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area announced today. Filed in San Francisco federal court, the nationwide class action lawsuit alleges that Hertz and Sterling failed to comply with FCRA’s notice requirements prior to taking adverse actions against job...
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