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Credit reporting law doesn’t give job seekers a right to explain criminal history, 8th Circuit says

May 6, 2022


A job applicant turned down for a job because she didn’t disclose her criminal history can’t sue the employer in federal court for a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the rejected applicant, Ria Schumacher, did not have standing to pursue her case because the FCRA does not require employers to give job applicants a chance to explain the information uncovered in their consumer reports.

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