Philadelphia regional transportation authority sued over background checks
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation’s sixth-largest public transportation system, has been accused of violating federal and state employment laws after it turned away an applicant over a 20-year-old drug conviction.
According to the lawsuit, SEPTA routinely misuses criminal history information to disqualify applicants from employment opportunities without considering the timeframe in which the crimes occurred and their relevancy to positions being sought – a practice which the suit claims violates Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA).
The suit comes on the heels of the introduction of pending state legislation that would allow for the sealing of nonviolent misdemeanor records. More information on that legislation can be found here.
Additionally, the suit claims that SEPTA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act by not providing clear and conspicuous standalone disclosure forms indicating that the transportation authority would be obtaining consumer reports on applicants for employment purposes.
The plaintiff and his attorney are seeking class-action status for the suit. They class would seek to cover all potential SEPTA employees who were denied employment with the transportation authority based on improperly obtained and analyzed background checks.
Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, 4/27/2016
We cannot express enough how much we have enjoyed working with BIG! It has really benefitted our processing and ease of doing business!
I enjoy collaborating with BIG, and know that if I have to reach out with a question/concern, a positive attitude with a willingness to find resolve is on the other side of an email or a phone call.
You have been the most professional and most helpful business partner that I have ever been associated with — always there to assist us and with rapid turnaround times.
I am confident whenever we add a product with your company that I will have a good experience.
We have received superior service and we know this is what you and your team strive for. We are grateful for the dedication, level of professionalism and effort shown.