I just got back from the Federal Trade Commission, where I dropped off the result of a few months of work here at CDT.
Our petitionOur amended petition
is a request to have the FTC look into the practices of a number of companies that ordered criminal background investigations on their employees -- terminating many -- without following the basic due process rules established in the Fair Credit Reporting Act
FCRA is an important statute that provides due process rights for people being subjected to background checks. The law gives the targets of checks an opportunity to challenge inaccurate information before that information can be used as a reason to deny a loan, a place to live or a job. Employers performing checks must notify targeted workers that the checks will be performed, provide copies of the reports and explain workers' rights before terminating them.
We maintain the companies named in our petition, Rail Terminal Services, LLC, H&M International Transportation, Inc
, Renzenberger, Inc
Quality Transportation Services, IncQuality Terminal Services LLC
, all violated FCRA in ways that infringed on their employees' core due process rights.
CDT and its fellow petitioners have asked the FTC to examine these companies and these questions, and bring suits against the named companies.
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