LinkedIn Corp. has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging it violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) through its use of its “search for references” feature, which allows prospective employers to obtain information about job applicants. Enacted in 1970, the FCRA regulates the practices of consumer reporting agencies to ensure they protect the accuracy, relevance and confidentiality of consumer information.
Plaintiffs Tracee Sweet, Lisa Jaramillo, James Ralston and Tiffany Raulston filed the LinkedIn class action lawsuit, which alleges their rights under the FCRA were violated by LinkedIn’s reference search functionality. They believe that prospective employers may have made decisions that adversely affected their employment based on information found in LinkedIn’s reference search system.
The LinkedIn Reference Report Class Action Lawsuit is Tracee Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn Corp., Case No. 3:14-cv-04531, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.