Lawsuit: SEPTA Violated Laws when Conducting Criminal Background Checks

SEPTA was slammed with a federal lawsuit on Wednesday that claimed the transit agency violated federal and state laws when it conducted criminal background checks on prospective employees.

Philadelphia resident and commercial bus driver Frank Long, 56, brought the lawsuit against SEPTA, accusing the transit agency of rejecting job applicants based on information contained in reports obtained from background check companies.

The lawsuit alleges SEPTA did not comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and that it failed to provide applicants with a so-called "clear and conspicuous" written disclosure, which is required and indicates the agency would be able to obtain a consumer report for employment purposes.

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