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December 16 2015

Bad Background Check Leads to Class Actions, Including Against Freeman Webb

A man who says he was wrongfully fired over false information in a background check has filed a pair of class-action lawsuits in federal court, including one against the prominent real estate firm Freeman Webb.

Tyrone Jude was hired as a maintenance man at a Lebanon apartment complex. Freeman Webb bought the complex and fired Jude after the company obtained a background check that incorrectly named him as a sex offender. Jude’s case centers around alleged violations of the FCRA, which requires companies to provide notice to employees or job applicants that they are conducting a background check in a separate document only meant for that disclosure. “Our goal when we bring these types of cases is to engage with the defendant and get them to fix their practices,” said Steven Woodrow of Woodrow and Peluso.