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Walmart Faces Certified Class Over Background Checks

Jan. 18, 2019, 5:02 PM

Walmart Inc. will have to face a certified class of job applicants alleging it conducted background checks without their permission, a federal court ruled Jan. 17.

Whether Walmart made disclosures required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act can be answered on a classwide basis, Judge David O. Carter wrote for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The class includes about 5 million members, according to the plaintiff’s estimates. The FCRA allows statutory damages of up to $1,000 per violation.

Former Walmart employee Randy Pitre filed a class action alleging the company performed a background check during...

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