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California Postal Service Worker Lawsuit: Illegal Background Check Issues at USPS

CASE STATUS: Under Investigation

Berger Montague is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of anyone who applied to work at the United States Postal Service (USPS) in California between December 2014 and October 2015.

About the case

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers and potential employers are able to run a background check on you, but only with your permission. Specifically, an employer or potential employer must disclose to you, in writing, that they plan on running a background check. They must also obtain your authorization to do so, in writing.

Between December 2014 and October 2015, people who applied to work at the USPS in California were not notified that the USPS ran a background check on them, violating their rights under the FCRA. If you applied to work at the USPS in California between December 2014 and October 2015, contact Berger Montague. You may be able to file a class action lawsuit.

What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

The FCRA promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of information in consumer reporting agencies’ files. There are several different types of consumer reporting agencies, including specialty agencies and credit bureaus.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), your major rights under the FCRA are as follows:

  • You must be informed if information in your file has been used against you
  • You have the right to know what is in your file
  • You have the right to ask for your credit score
  • You have the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information
  • Consumer reporting agencies must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information
  • Consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated information
  • Access to your file is limited
  • You must give your consent for reports to be provided to employers
  • You may limit the amount of “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you receive based on information in your credit report
  • You may seek damages from violators
  • Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have additional rights

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