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Lead plaintiff Abdul Kadir Mohammed filed the initial Uber background check class action lawsuit on November 24, 2017. The class action lawsuit alleged that Uber violated the federally enacted Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when the company improperly obtained consumer background checks that presented the financial histories of Uber driver candidates. Two days after Mohammed filed his Uber class action lawsuit, a second lawsuit filed by another plaintiff prompted Uber to seek arbitration for both lawsuits. After the filing of a third class action lawsuit against Uber on October 1, 2015, a judge ordered the three lawsuits to merge into one lawsuit. The preliminarily approved Uber background check class action settlement resolves the three separately filed class action lawsuits against Uber.
All three plaintiffs charged Uber and Rasier with the failure to provide suitable notice ahead of the acquisition of consumer background reports. The FCRA mandates companies to provide enough time for consumers to correct any mistakes found within criminal and financial records. According to court documents, the primary plaintiffs also alleged that Uber failed to provide copies of each consumer’s background report before taking action that included the refusal to hire certain Uber driver candidates.
Uber and Raiser continue to deny the allegations made in the Uber background check class action lawsuit. Both companies maintain FCRA statutes do not apply to the companies, since the companies recruit “independent transportation providers.” However, the two companies agreed to the terms of the class action settlement to avoid receiving an unfavorable judgement in civil court.
What You Need To Know About The Uber Background Check Class Action Settlement
According to class counsel, eligible class members include “Uber driver candidates subject to a background check requested by Uber and Rasier before Jan. 3, 2015 in connection with the use or sought use of the Uber App as an Uber driver.” Eligible class members have until December 14, 2017 to opt out of the Uber background check class action settlement or contest any provision of the agreement. The potential award is estimated to be between $27 and $62, depending whether a class member accepted arbitration, as well as the number of valid and timely claims submitted to the claims administrator. Eligible class members must state under the penalty of perjury that they had to endure a background performed by Uber before January 3, 2015 and they were not working for Uber at the time of the background check.
The deadline to submit a valid claim form is January 15, 2018. The judge who granted preliminary approval of the Uber background check class action settlement has scheduled the final hearing on February 8, 2018. To learn what transpired at the final hearing, visit the class action settlement website www.UberFCRASettlement.com. You can also read the list of attorneys who represent the class and defense counsels.