Employers are getting tripped up by a little-known law related to background checks, and it’s costing some of them serious time and money. While the general public likely knows little about the FCRA, employers like Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Publix Super Markets are becoming intimately familiar with the law because they are getting sued over it. Recently, Michaels Stores was slapped with a class action lawsuit in Missouri federal court that accused the craft store chain of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Michaels is accused of breaking the law because it failed to properly disclose that a candidate’s consumer report might be obtained during the hiring process. While the general public likely knows little about the FCRA, employers like Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Publix Super Markets are becoming intimately familiar with the law because—like Michaels—they are getting sued over it. So, what are employers being sued for? Technicalities, mostly. Before running a bac ...

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