You are here

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Pa. Transit Agency's Ex-Drug Convict Hiring Ban Challenged

May 5, 2017 / Media Coverage
A Philadelphia-area public transit agency is facing a putative class action in state court over an employment policy that challengers say illegally bars individuals with drug convictions from working as drivers or holding certain maintenance positions. A trio of would-be Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers say the policy violates provisions of the state’s Criminal History Record Information Act allowing employers to consider a candidate’s convictions only so far as they relate to his or her suitability for the position being sought. “Rather than making assessments of...
Read more

Plaintiffs Attorney Says SEPTA Hiring Decision Affects Civil and Privacy Rights, Goes Against State Edicts

Aug 29, 2016 / Media Coverage
The use of background checks in making hiring decisions is facing increased scrutiny, according to the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in Long v. the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The plaintiffs in the Long case alleged that they were conditionally offered positions as SEPTA bus operators, subject to completion of a background check. As part of that process, the plaintiffs disclosed previous felony convictions for drug offenses. As a result, the plaintiffs claim, SEPTA withdrew the job offers. In the class action lawsuit filed in April in the U.S. District Court for...
Read more

SEPTA Applicants Fight To Keep Alive Background Check Suit

Jul 25, 2016 / Media Coverage
Three men fought Friday to keep alive a proposed class action accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of violating federal law in its use of consumer reports, insisting they suffered real harm by the authority's invasion of their privacy. The plaintiffs, who also claim SEPTA discriminates against job applicants with drug convictions, were responding after the regional public transportation authority recently asked a judge in Pennsylvania's Eastern District to dismiss the lawsuit. SEPTA contends, in part, that the group hasn't shown it was harmed by the alleged...
Read more

New allegations, plaintiffs step forward in SEPTA background check violation lawsuit

May 31, 2016 / Media Coverage
More plaintiffs have stepped forward in a case accusing SEPTA of violating federal and state laws when it conducted criminal background checks on prospective employees. The transit agency in late April was hit with a federal lawsuit, where Philadelphia resident and commercial bus driver Frank Long, 56, accused SEPTA of rejecting job applicants based on information contained in reports obtained from background check companies. The original lawsuit alleged SEPTA did not comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, FCRA, and it failed to provide applicants with what is called a "clear and...
Read more

Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit against SEPTA one of rising number, attorney says

May 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
The recent federal class action lawsuit filed against Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other laws is one of many making those claims, an attorney knowledgeable of the FCRA said during a recent interview. "More and more class actions are popping up every day in this arena," Kathryn M. Rattigan, an associate with Robinson & Cole in Providence, R.I., said during a Pennsylvania Record email interview. "Private businesses and government alike should be aware of the FCRA’s requirements and stay up to speed on their...
Read more

Pa. Transit Authority Sued Over Applicant Background Checks

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was hit with a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday accusing the agency of not sufficiently notifying job applicants of its use of credit checks and of discriminating against those convicted of drug felonies. Named plaintiff Frank Long alleges he and potentially thousands of applicants weren't provided the proper written disclosure that they could be subjected to a consumer report, as required by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. SEPTA is also violating Pennsylvania's Criminal History Record Information Act...
Read more

SEPTA Hit With Class Action Over Background Checks

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
A man claiming his offer of employment as a bus driver with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was revoked because of his criminal history has filed a class action lawsuit against SEPTA in federal court.
Read more

School bus driver sues after his city transit job application is rejected over long-ago conviction

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
Frank Long was already working as a school bus driver in 2014 when a job offer he had gotten to drive a SEPTA bus in the Philadelphia area was rescinded. The problem was two 1997 drug-related convictions, Philly.com reported. Now the 56-year-old is suing the transit agency, contending that its misuse of criminal background information violates federal employment law. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, seeks class-action status on behalf of all applicants rejected for SEPTA jobs because of background-check information that was allegedly improperly obtained or analyzed. “I’ve lived...
Read more

Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Hiring Practices Violate Law

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
Class-action suit alleges the transit agency disqualifies job applicants with unrelated felonies EPTA violates federal and state laws when conducting background checks on prospective employees, alleges a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges SEPTA routinely violates the state Criminal History Record Information Act by disqualifying job applicants with unrelated felony convictions from employment in positions involving the operation of SEPTA vehicles. It also claims SEPTA fails to provide job applicants "clear and conspicuous" written disclosure necessary to obtain consumer...
Read more

SEPTA sued over background checks for prospective hires

Apr 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
Philadelphia resident Frank Long applied to be a SEPTA bus driver in October 2014. At the time, Long, 56, had been working as a school bus driver and, given that experience, SEPTA extended a job offer provided he clear a criminal background check. But the check came back with a 1994 arrest on drug charges and a 1997 conviction for possession. Long's job offer, consequently, was revoked. Months later, SEPTA sent Long a letter stating that the reneging was "based on its hiring criteria." A new federal lawsuit seeking class-action status claims those hiring requirements violate state and federal...
Read more

Pages

Contact Us

If this lawsuit affects you, contact us for a consultation.