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Home Depot resolves FCRA claims for $3M

The resolution comes as a result of a 2013 lawsuit alleging the home improvement warehouse store’s job applications used disclosure and authorization forms that contained extraneous information.

The plaintiff in the case maintained that in the course of completing her job application she was required to sign two separate disclosure and authorization forms—both of which stated that Home Depot would be procuring a consumer report on applicants and sought to release the store from all liabilities and also provided details on the possible repercussions of providing false or misleading information on the application.

The lawsuit alleged that the store’s practices were not consistent with the FCRA’s requirement that disclosure and authorization forms contain only the disclosure that a consumer report will be obtained for employment and that this disclosure contain no extraneous information.

The settlement includes a class of individuals who applied for jobs with Home Depot and filled out the forms at issue between April 24, 2011 and July 27, 2015, according to Law360.com.

While Home Depot did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the deal, they did agree to cease using the non-compliant forms and institute background check requests that comply with requirements of the FCRA.

Source: Law360.com, 1/22/2016

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