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Fair Credit Reporting Act Continues to Fuel Class Action Litigation

Fair Credit Reporting Act Continues to Fuel Class Action Litigation

By Mary E. Kapsak

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) continues to cause issues for employers that run afoul of its provisions when reviewing consumer background reports as part of the hiring process. Most recently, a proposed class action was filed against Starbucks Corporation. 

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Secondary Consequences of Spokeo: Litigating FCRA Claims in State Court

Secondary Consequences of Spokeo: Litigating FCRA Claims in State Court

By Emma R. Schuering

The discussion in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo Inc. v. Robbins has focused on an employer’s ability to obtain dismissal of a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”)—where the plaintiff or class alleges nothing more than a “bare procedural violation,” absent of any concrete injury or real harm. As detailed in prior posts, Spokeo clarified that a statutory violation of the FCRA alone does not create an injury in fact sufficient to support standing; a plaintiff must allege something more by way of real harm resulting from the purported violation. Some courts, including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, have followed Spokeo to the letter and dismissed such claims, concluding no discernable concrete injury to the plaintiff existed, and, therefore, the plaintiff lacked Article III standing to pursue the claim. 

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Three Considerations for Using Big Data in Hiring Decisions

Three Considerations for Using Big Data in Hiring Decisions

By Gillian McKean Bidgood

With job candidates posting extensive information on social media and other information available on the Internet, technologists are developing ways to mine and use that data in the hiring process. This field (sometimes referred to as “people analytics”) is marketed as full of promise, including the possibility of identifying unrealized potential, increasing diversity, reducing turnover, improving employee satisfaction, and improving the company and individual performance. However, for employers inclined to embrace people analytics, there are a number of employment law-related issues to consider.

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NYC Bans Private Employers From Asking Applicants: “How Much Money Do You Make?”

NYC Bans Private Employers From Asking Applicants: “How Much Money Do You Make?”

By Stephanie D. Delatorre

On May 4, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed a bill passed by the New York City Council that prohibits private employers from asking applicants how much money they make or otherwise making salary history inquiries. The legislation, which will go into effect on October 31, 2017, amends the New York City Human Rights Law by adding a provision that makes it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for an employer to make a salary inquiry of the applicant. Employers may not ask the applicant, the applicant’s current or former employer, or even someone the employee works with about the applicant’s current wages, benefits, or bonus compensation. 

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