Case Overview – Does this apply to you?

On April 27, 2016, Outten & Golden, LLP, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Public Interest Law Center, and Willig, Williams & Davidson filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of Frank Long and other job applicants similarly impacted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (“SEPTA”) criminal background check policies and practices. Plaintiffs allege that SEPTA violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) by failing to properly inform job applicants that it was requesting to run background checks and by failing to provide job applicants with copies of those background checks and a statement of their rights under the FCRA before denying them employment.  Plaintiffs also allege that SEPTA violated Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act by disqualifying job applicants with unrelated convictions from employment at SEPTA.

Individuals who applied to work for SEPTA and were denied employment because of their criminal records since 2014 may be eligible to participate in the lawsuit.

  • Did you apply to work for SEPTA?
  • Were you denied employment, at least in part, because of your criminal history and/or the results of a background check?

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