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EBI Has Its Share of FCRA Violation Lawsuits

March 29, 2019 posted by Steve Brownstein

Complaints Against Employment Background Investigations
People who lost job opportunities due to an inaccurate or unfair EBI employment background check report have already sued the company for FCRA violations. Justia lists at least 4 federal civil lawsuits against EBI, including cases that allege violations of the FCRA due to improper employment screening reports.
For example, a consumer sued EBI in the federal district court for the Central District of Illinois for violating the FCRA in connection with an employment background check and that he lost employment opportunities and suffered emotional distress, reputational harm and other damages. The complainant alleged that he applied for a job as a medical writer with Worldwide Clinical Trials (Worldwide) and engaged in a lengthy interview and application process during which he authorized a background check. EBI prepared the background check but failed to use reasonable procedures to ensure the maximum accuracy possible of the report as the FCRA requires. According to the complainant, EBI falsely listed a felony conviction for residential burglary, two misdemeanor convictions for DUI/alcohol offenses, and two traffic convictions for transporting/carrying liquor, all of which the complainant alleged belonged to someone else as he had never been convicted of any crime. The complainant immediately disputed the criminal history information and ultimately obtained a corrected report and provided it to Worldwide. The complainant alleged, however, that Worldwide nevertheless declined to hire him due to the initial, inaccurate report.
This is just one of the federal civil FCRA lawsuits filed against EBI. Most of those lawsuits allege that EBI did not take reasonable steps to verify criminal background or credit history information and caused complainants to lose job opportunities. At least one complainant filed his lawsuit as class action complaint, on behalf of himself and similarly situated people.

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