New Allegations, Plaintiffs Step Forward in SEPTA Violation Lawsuit

More plaintiffs have stepped forward in a case accusing SEPTA of violating federal and state laws when it conducted criminal background checks on prospective employees.

The transit agency in late April was hit with a federal lawsuit, where Philadelphia resident and commercial bus driver Frank Long, 56, accused SEPTA of rejecting job applicants based on information contained in reports obtained from background check companies.

Two more plaintiffs have stepped forward in an amended complaint filed last week.

The original lawsuit alleged SEPTA did not comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, FCRA, and it failed to provide applicants with what is called a "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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