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June 28 2018

Vitas Healthcare Corp. Employees Alleges Form Violates Fair Credit Reporting Act

Vitas Healthcare Corp. job applicant Jazzina Williams alleges she was provided a facially invalid authorization form when she applied for employment.

Jazzina Williams filed a complaint on behalf of individually and on behalf of those similarly situated on March 7 in the San Francisco County Superior Court against Vitas Healthcare Corp. of California and Does 1-10 alleging violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff signed a background investigation authorization and release forms given to her by the defendants in April 2016 to obtain a consumer report and/or an investigative consumer report through Sterling Infosystems.  She alleges this form is unlawful because it includes a clause requiring applicants to "release from liability all persons, companies and governmental or other agencies disclosing such information."  The plaintiffs hold Vitas Healthcare Corp. of California and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide a clear and conspicuous disclosure and procured investigative consumer reports by using invalid authorization forms.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant, certify class action, appoint plaintiff and counsel as class representative/counsel, statutory and punitive damages, costs of suit and expenses, interest and other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Kevin F. Woodall of Woodall Law Offices in San Francisco.